So New York Fashion Week is on at the moment and I have to admit that I am only following parts of it from the other end of the world. Being in Sydney does indeed make me feel like I’m on this huge island far, far away from the rest of the world and the 11 hour time difference to New York doesn’t help either. But I couldn’t help but notice the wonderful collection of Tadashi Shoji. The Japanese designer made an entire collection focused on lace dresses.
I have a soft spot for lace; it always reminds me of the elegance of Grace Kelly and naturally, I am also in love with the latest Valentino collections. Tadashi Shoji’s dresses look so very light and delicate. I believe they transform you into a graceful, slowly moving princess when trying them on. I certainly would love to wear the blue floor length gown with the amazing collar details around the neck. It looks simply divine!
There are knee length and mini dresses, too, so something for every age, have a look…
Photos by Ming Han Chung
Last week, the “city” in “Nadine And The City” was New York. I spent wonderful eight days there and can now say that I have a new favorite city. I liked everything, from the street numbering which makes it so easy to find your way around, to the many bagel places to the friendly people etc etc etc. I wish I had had more time to explore the smaller streets of Manhattan, but I still got a pretty good impression of the city. Another aspect why I love NY is the fact that it really is full of fashion! And I don’t just mean stores, I mean fashion shoots and models. I witnessed three(!) fashion shoots while walking around, something that would never happen in Berlin or most other big cities. It was hard picking pictures (we took over 1000) for this blog, but the ones below show you 1. Times Square/42nd street 2. Tiffany&Co 3. Toni Garrn on a huge VS ad 4. A fashion magazine store (or heaven) 5. Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes
Alright, I absolutely loved the spring 2010 collection of Miu Miu and aparently everyone else did so too, because you can still see the influenece on other designers. The tight collars look adorable and I’m happy Rodarte used them in their latest collection. The pieces look like they could be Miu Miu, but they don’t look as candy-colored-sweet, they look more sophisticated at Rodarte. I love the shapes and fabrics and the combination of thick knit sweaters with feminine skirts looks way better than I would have imagined. So far, Rodarte impressed me most at NYFW this season. But there’s more to come, so let’s wait and see : )
Karolina Kurkova started as a high fashion model. I remember reading a German newspaper article about the most succesful models a few years ago. At that time I had just started to become interested in fashion and basically had no idea who Karolina was, but I was impressed that she was the no1 model in the industry. It must have been around 2003 or 2004. Then…. KK did less HF work, more VS work. And she was beautiful as a Victoria’s Secret angel! No one could beat her look in the VSFS 2006. Then, 2009 her VS contract ended, KK got pregnant and for a while it seemed like she retired from modeling. Now, a year later, KK is back to the runways, struttin her stuff in shows of Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte. Her body is perfect, she seems even slimmer than before her pregnancy and her smile still lights up every room. What an impressive woman…
Oh New York… always the place to be, but especially during fashion week. A lot of shows have taken place already and something that I find even more interesting than the collections so far are the models. While Toni Garrn skipped last season for school, she has now graduated and is back on the catwalks. Alessandra Ambrosio made a surprising appearance at Marc Jacobs and seems to be the only VS Angel doing NYFW shows, because Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes who would’ve been booked for sure, cant walk because they are pregnant (great timing…). The most shocking thing though is the absence of Miss Natasha Poly. Usually the queen of fashion shows, she is skipping NY this season. No one really knows why, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll see her unique walk in Milan and Paris!
So New York Fashion Week is over now. My personal opinion is that it could have been much better. I don’t know if its the recession’s fault or if the designers just weren’t as creative as usually, but this season there were way more shows that sucked than shows that impressed me. Actually there were just a few shows that really made me go “wow”, there was Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta…that’s all that comes to my mind. So what will we wear next summer? Besides lots of shiny fabrics and wide pants, designers used a lot of blue in their collections, which I like a lot. Blue is a great color and looks good to almost anything. Here are my favorite blue outfits from New York Fashion Week S/S 10:
I made this collage of models at the Anna Sui fashion show,because seeing them smile is a very rare thing. Usually our favorite models look rather pale and serious at fashion shows, but Anna Sui always changes that. It’s as if she brings the models to life, they look healthy, happy and fun and I especially loved Vlada Roslyakova and Sasha Pivovarova at this season’s show. With their cat eye masks and cute smiles they defintely made me smile too : )
I’m sorry but I just have to say this: Fashion has no rules but THIS is ridiculous. I am really open for a lot of crazy things when it comes to fashion, but this huge Alexandre Herchcovitch creation looking like a clown meets football player is just too much. It also reminds me of a huge bug…watch out! It’s coming! It will eat you!!! Ruuuuuun!!!!
Remember the Sex and the city episode in which Carrie Bradshaw compares an Oscar de la renta dress to poetry? She is with Alexandr who reads old fashioned poems to her when she stops him and says: ”How about I read you a little bit of my favorite poetry?”Aleksandr : “Please.”Carrie [Reads from Vogue] :” “Cocktails at Tiffany’s calls for classic charm. Oscar de la Renta sleeveless silk full skirted dress with black patent leather bow belt.” Now that is pure poetry.” I absof***inglutely love that scene and the reason why I tell you about this is todays Oscar De La Renta Fashion Show in NY. The collection blew my mind, it’s that beautiful. The dresses are so elegant and feminine and the best is, they look like ODLR but he never repeats himself. His collections are effortlessly chic, and I adore everything about this one, from the hair and make up of the models to the shoes. Take a look…
Finally!!! I was really not impressed by New York Fashion Week so far, but Vera Wang showed us a beautiful collection today! I might not seam very summery with all that black, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful. The light sheer fabrics, the interesting cuts and the classiness of it all makes me love this collection. But the highlight were the accessories. Amazing jewellery and shoes that scream “Buy me!” really stood out. Here are my favorites of Vera Wang S/S 10: