Jad Ghandour Grows Up
My sole memory of the Jad Ghandour show last season is of two adorable tiger cubs that jumped and pounced inside their cages. But the clothes…. wait, what clothes? The cubs were just so cute and funny that I have no memory of anything that was shown on the runway.
And perhaps Ghandour realized this, as this season’s show was allocated to the opulent Cipriani, nary a baby animal in sight. While the awkward double-turn on the runway seemed unnecessary, the clothes were beautiful, so maybe Ghandour wanted to make certain that they would be imprinted on your mind.
Ghandour showed a large collection, touching on everything from edgy Angelina Jolie-esq second-skin leather dresses to beaded bodice flowing brightly-hued gowns that would not look out of place on the most elite red carpets. His fall/winter 2012 collection was inspired by the screen sirens of old Hollywood: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Gandour’s interpretation of “old Hollywood” into updated, modern shapes helps prevent the collection from feeling dated and stale, and invites young Hollywood to don his dresses at their next event.
Betsey Johnson’s Fall/Winter 2012 show was a total blast from the Betsey past! With psychedelic prints, acid-hued furs, and pops of neon on classic skirt suits, Betsey reached into her archives and brought out a new twist on old classics. (And of course, what would be a Betsey show without some tu-tu dresses, Lulu in a slinky gown, Cheerleaders and Betsey’s ubiquitous cartwheel!)
I can’t pick which version of this outfit I like the best, and I plan to wear some interpretation of it to the Betsey Johnson show/after party tomorrow night.
I’m going to post three different versions of the outfit, please give me your opinion!
Sunglasses: Nine West
Bra: Ashley Stewart
Skirt: Joe Fresh
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Kimberly Ovitz’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection was filled with strong shapes, asymmetrical hems, thigh-high slits, and beautiful textures.
Ovitz said this season was all about the “warrior”- a woman with power and strength, with a wardrobe to compliment her attitude.
Erickson Beamon Shows Us What Deca-dance Really Is
When I arrived at Milk Friday night I was sure my champagne addled eyes were deceiving me. Not only was there a mob of people by the front door demanding to be let in with exclaims of “Don’t you know who I AM?” but there was also a line that stretched to 10th ave. Joining the end of the line, I was honestly worried that I was going to miss the Erickson Beamon presentation, which was surely going to be the jewel of NYFW 2012. So, when the opportunity to sneak in a back door behind other eager line waiters presented itself, I quickly dashed up the stairs and I was off to the presentation.
To say it was worth sneaking in is an understatement. Never before in my life have I wished I was a model, but last night changed all that. Lounging on plush velvet sofas and perched on vintage cafe sets, jewel-covered male and female models alike slugged down glasses of wine and champagne, danced to the raucous Citizens Band, and performed dance numbers that would put the hardest partying flapper to shame.
While Erickson Beamon is known for its exquisite jewelry, (and yes, I might be slightly biased since I borrowed some to wear at my wedding), this presentation marked their foray into ready-to-wear. Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon were inspired by the 1930s Berlin burlesque and traveling carnivals, a.k.a. the “dirty thirties.” With beaded and bejeweled cocktail and slip dresses the collection evoked a wicked and opulent boudoir feeling, leaving you with the sense that you were witness to something decadent and naughty.