Day 2 of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and New York’s late summer weather goes a little bipolar. From cooler temperatures and light rain to 90% humidity and intense sun – we’re getting a taste for it all. The day started very rock ‘n roll with Emerson, got nautical-prep on the rooftop of the Empire with Nautica, then industrial with Buckler, ending with a a very avant-garde Sally Lapointe (photos).
EMERSON – First stop of the day was a return to The People’s Revolution and the Emerson Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. It’s All Style To Me had a chance to catch some backstage and rehearsal footage of the designer’s third women’s collection. Lindsay Ebbin, National Retail & Makeup Director at Red Door Spas Elizabeth Arden went over the ethereal rock-chic look he created for the show (see video interview) while Jackie Fraser-Swan, the designer for Emerson, talked about the focus on black and white contrast with pops of colour combined with texture that defined her latest collection – the first to premier at New York Fashion Week. For more photos please click here.
NAUTICA – After a trek out to Flushing Meadows for some US OPEN action, a rooftop patio atop the Empire Hotel became the backdrop for the boys of Nautica and the Spring/Summer 2012 looks they had created. The inspiration for SS12 – the Californian road trip. The vintage Cali-prep with undertones of Hilfiger delineates next spring/summer’s classic, active, nautical style which is divided into three unified looks. The Sailing Club, Monterey, and Malibu collections covered all bases including swimwear, casual nautical, and some beautifully tailored young preppy looks. Definitely not your dad’s Nautica. Keep an eye out for the orange nylon ropstop tech trench and sailing parka, the coral cotton trench, the white/navy sleeveless vest, and especially those smart sports jackets and blazers. For more photos please click here
BUCKLER – The Buckler outdoor fashion show is always a treat for those covering New York Fashion Week. Andrew always puts on a great show and succeeds once again in tapping into the zeitgeist of the youth of today. Buckler forges ahead on a proletarian path that celebrated street art for FW11 and now tips its hat to 19th/20th century industrialization. From the iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty, to the subways, to the iron bridges – Buckler finds inspiration in the darker side of Roosevelt’s industrialized New York City. The result, a collection that juxtaposes unstructured garments with sartorial pieces in a monochromatic palette with hints of washed out greens and greys. Nice flip For more photos please click here.
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