The Need for the Modernization of Fashion Week

Chanel Fashion Week

1945, New York city marks the first fashion week in history.

Travelling to Europe at this time (especially to Paris) was difficult for people working in the clothing/fashion industry. As a solution to this issue, Eleanor Lambert created the “ Press Week” for fashion designers to unveil their collections. Fashion magazines and fashion buyers were at the front row as the main target of these presentations.

Almost 70 years later, is this model of Fashion Week still relevant?

The “Press Week” that was initially created in order to shift attention from Parisian designers to American ones in time of the World War had been a success from the beginning: magazines started to talk directly to designers and publish American Fashion at the time when Paris was ruling the industry; they changed the attention from Paris to New York fashion.

The Press Week was not only for designers to get press coverage, but was organised in order for buyers to get a first glance at the next trends, next designers and to prepare and place their orders.

From New York, Milan, London, and Paris, this model has developed and become a huge hit in order to present to the press the local star designers and their designs. This led to the boom of fashion in major fashion capitals like Ready to Wear in New York.

The post war economic boom contributed to the constant growth of the fashion scene, attracting more fans and becoming more affordable. Department stores became bigger, expanded, and fashion press developed and became more influential. Press Weeks turned into the super famous Fashion Week: the inevitable milestone for any true fashionista.

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The zenith of the 80’s showed an exuberance of style and confirmed the importance of Fashion Weeks and their importance on the Fashion Industry.

In the 90s, a more minimalist style trend developed and is a trend which is still relevant today: The Super Model.

In the 2000s, LVMH and Kering (formally PPR) brought large investments into this fashion frenzy. Capital, competition, and the advent of the Internet opened to these companies and brands new opportunities and markets.

With an evolution of the Fashion Week model, we are recently witnessing an event that has gained social and economical power, and visibility. This event has the power to tailor a whole industry. During this evolution, space and legitimacy gave way to Fast Fashion. By copying catwalks and making designs more accessible to the public, fashion became not only an entertainment of the elite and wealthy, but available to everyone.

This presents an issue: how are the high prices of luxurious clothes justified? Especially when you can get the same style, design, and trend at the shop around the street corner for an affordable price? The answer lies in branding for these big fashion houses. By creating the need to buy more coveted products with new lines of: leather goods (commonly shoes and bags), perfumes, accessories and cosmetics. These products are promoted and fashionistas feel a need to buy them through high branding. To do so, one of the strategies has been to use Fashion Weeks as a convector of value. The Fashion Weeks gradually transformed from a presentation of various collections to an extraordinary show.

The Fashion Week as we know it today welcomes all of the hit fashion editors to promote heavy communication about the shows, brands, and celebrities to add value (after all, they are the style leaders). Bloggers and extremely well known models (Kate, Naomi, Gisele, Cara among the many) are new influencers in the industry. From a presentation that targeted buyers and media, Fashion Week has almost exclusively shifted into an event for these two words: public relations.

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As a designer company, to be able to present a collection at Fashion Week and gain attendants you need a lot of resources. In 2011, Robert Duffy revealed to the NY Times that the Fall Winter 2011 show of Marc Jacobs costed 1,000,000$. Not every designer can afford that level of investment.

How to get this return on investment? Again, on these leather goods, perfumes and cosmetics. Not on clothing.

So how can new designers get the attention of the media without the same resources as big brands? Where is the place of the fashion designer in all of this frenzy?

The concept of Fashion Week needs a change if we want to get back to the original idea of the concept. Nevertheless, it cannot come back to the event it was 70 years ago.

The target of Fashion Week has to be redefined in order to leave some place to the fashion buyers, give space to new designers that need the attention and excitement around the Fashion Industry.

Several events are on a good track to redefine the target of Fashion Week. The Vogue Night Out and Dublin Fashion Festival, just to name a few are bringing fashion back to fashionistas, bloggers, and customers while allowing branding to continue. Fashion Weeks should run as events held only for professionals: high-end media, buyers and shareholders/investors.

Not only will doing this lead to cuts in needed investments for the event by concentrating on the core of the business, but it will also allow new comers to get the chance to present their work, build networks and gain visibility. Maintaining an event that contributes to the branding of a fashion house and having an additional event could benefit all the audiences that Fashion Week draws.

Now, fashion bloggers get refused at the entrance of some Fashion Week events. Designers have also taken a step back from that frenzy (eg. Helmut Lang and lately Jean Paul Gaultier). The industry is slowly developing new events such as smaller Fashion Weeks (Istanbul, Stockholm, Warsaw, Athens, etc.) and Fashion Festivals. It seems that the industry is realizing the need for a shift in the Fashion Week model for the next decade 2010’s. To attract business and welcome new comers and customers while communicating through the media

Hopefully this will help in bringing more creativity on the fashion scene.

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Ticket to the Tents: Day 7 NYFW Trend Report

Featuring Betsey Johnson, Erin Fetherston, Anna Sui, Deola Sagoe/Clan, Michael Kors

We are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage, and survived 7 days of running around the city to bring you the latest and greatest in fashion week news! Here is our take on Day 7 trends!


What’s fashion week without an over-the-top runway presentation by Betsey Johnson? Boring! And our team at doesn’t like boring, so luckily for us, we have Betsey Johnson’s runway to look forward to every season. Betsey showcased her Spring collection on Day 7, opening up the show with 2 models representing gay marriage.  When they turned around their suit coats said pre-nup! And that was the name of Betsey’s wedding-themed collection.



Erin Fetherston’s collection was classically simple, but lovely.  Erin featured black and white, pastel yellows, and deep shades of blue.  By default, Betsey’s collection featured a lot of white, since it was wedding themed.  Michael Kors’ collection was also heavy on the blues and yellows, though there were some pastels, and black and white separates intermixed in the collection.


No one mixes prints like Anna Sui, and for her Spring 2015 collection she did not disappoint. Erin Fetherston also incorporated florals, but again in a simple, but sophisticated way. The florals in Erin’s collection did not overwhelm the garments.  Michael Kors featured a plethora of print looks, but the prints were either floral based or plaid based.

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Betsey Johnson’s runway featured lots of tulle, as to be expected for her wedding themed collection.  Betsey also featured a few looks that resembled nylon or plastic that would typically be used for rain coat materials! I could definitely see Miley Cyrus in one of these  plastic-esque looks! Erin incorporated sheer fabrics into her collection for use in her striped looks.



The Anna Sui models had everything from veils to shades. It was a really cool runway! Betsey Johnson’s wedding themed collection entitled Pre-Nup featured fun heels and fun handbags.  She created a cake shape handbag and a lipstick shaped handbag.



DEBUT RUNWAY: Deola Sagoe/Clan

The brands Deola Sagoe and Clan fashions debuted for the first time at New York Fashion Week.  Deola Sagoe is the designer behind the Deola Sagoe label, while the clan collection is designed by her daughters Tena, Tiwa, and Aba Sagoe.  They labels are based in Africa, and this was their first time showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The looks were unique, and we love to see emerging and up and coming designers featured at New York Fashion Week.


Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor


Ticket To The Tents: Day 5 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

Featuring Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Reem Acra, Libertine & Oudifu

The team wrapped up Day 5 late covering the last shows of the day; Libertine & Oudifu.  Oudifu is considered an emerging label to the U.S., but is very popular in China!  In addition to bringing in designers from around the world to showcase their collections at MBFW, IMG has done a major push to feature international emerging and up and coming designers.  Grant it, this may be due to the fact that heavy-hitter names, such as DVF, Michael Kors, and more, have been pulling out of MBFW over the last few seasons to showcase offsite. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Young, emerging & up and coming designers have embraced the new culture of fashion, and with these gaps in the time slot of MBFW, they now have an opportunity to bring their designs to the masses.  Designers such as Libertine, Oudifu, Vivienne Hu, Mark & Estel, Falguni & Shane Peacock are just a few brands that have now become MBFW household names.


The real first emergence of black and white combinations showed up on Day 5 of New York Fashion Week, starting with Lela Rose’s runway for spring. Lela Rose featured bold gingham and polka dot prints in black and white.  Carolina Herrera favored the color red in her collection, infusing single, and ginormous red flowers on white fabric.  The popular all white ensembles also showed up in CH’s runway, and like Victoria Beckham the day before her, Carolina Herrera featured a dark hue of purple, which is unexpected for Spring!

Lela Rose - Spring 2015


Carolina Herrera - Spring 2015



Dennis Basso opened his collection with a dedication to the late Joan Rivers. All of us at and our media partners send our condolences to Joan’s friends and family.  In typical, Basso style, his collection featured fur! Surprisingly there wasn’t as much fur as some of his previous collections, but there was fur nonetheless.  Reem Acra has the best name in the world for a fashion designer! Her name makes me think of fabric! Reem created looks that featured tons of sparkle and shine. The audience collectively let out ooohs and aahhs as the amazing gowns just kept coming.

Dennis Basso Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Reem Acra Spring 2015 NYFW

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UNIQUE FIND: Johnson Harting’s Libertine

Johnson is the designer behind the label Libertine. Every season I discover new brands…well at least they are new to me.  This was my first time seeing Libertine clothes and I had no idea what was in store! As soon as the lights went down, I knew I was in for a treat.  The models came storming out one after the other, to upbeat, pop culture tunes, while wearing the wildest street wear looks imaginable. Wild but functional and fun.  There were tons of colors, fabrics, and 3D enhancements on the clothes.  To finish the show, Johnson led his models around the room in true party walk style. The audience, who simply loved the collection, cheered and clapped for the final walk.  Johnson’s clothes may not be for everybody…especially the faint at heart, but watching the show and viewing his creativity is definitely exciting!

Libertine Spring 2015 NYFW

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Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

Ticket to the Tents: Day 4 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

Featuring Fashion Shenzen, Nanette Lepore, Victoria Beckham, Czar by Cesar Galindo, Custo Barcelona, Vivienne Tam, DVF and Parkchoonmoo

Every fashion week, something is bound to go wrong! From losing equipment to someone being sick, and this fashion week is no exception! Our team is definitely being run through the ringer, working out technical difficulties with our laptops and  our website, but we won’t let that stop us! It’s all a part of the experience of covering New York Fashion Week. Even with our technical difficulties the team wrapped up Day 4 in one piece!


In addition to the regularly scheduled designers that show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, IMG works to bring unique shows to the venue. Fashion Shenzen is always a delight, as it features fashion designers from China.  Fashion is a universal industry, and it’s amazing to see styles and design aesthetics from around the world! The Fashion Shenzen designers featured looks made in shiny and sheer fabrics. They also favored highly embellished gowns with lots of sequins.

Fashion Shenzen Spring 2015 NYFW

Fashion Shenzen Photo 1- Spring 2015 NYFW


Custo Barcelona and DVF took us to shorter lengths with miniskirts and above the knee dresses respectively, while Nanette Lepore and Victoria Beckham featured ankle-length styles.


Custo Barcelona featured abstract prints and perforated fabrics. Vivienne Tam incorporated palm tree prints into her collection, continuing the popular tropical prints theme we’ve been seeing over the last couple days. Cesar Galindo used metallic and sequin fabrics in his collection.

DVF Spring 2015 NYFW



All white ensembles are still popular going into Day 4. Nanette Lepore featured a few all white looks, but the favored color for her collection was definitely yellow! Yellow shoes, yellow-based prints, and solid yellow dresses, Nanette let us know that yellow will be trending for Spring, and she’s not the only one. Cesar Galindo also featured yellow in his collection, along with greens, pastel oranges, and metallic.  Victoria Beckham’s spring collection was heavy on the tans & neutral colors black and white. Victoria even featured an oxblood hue that is typically reserved for Fall!

Nanette Lepore - Spring 2015 NYFW (2)

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For the most part, there’s been 2 big trends for hair: Braids or slicked back and loose. I think braids will always be a popular choice for Spring & Summer!


The bigger the better! The Czar collection featured bold, colorful necklaces that would make the wearer the center of attention in any room.

Written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

Ticket to the Tents: Day 3 NYFW Trend Report

Featuring Mara Hoffman, Alon Livne, Amir Taghi, Anya Caliendo, Herve Leger, Malan Breton & Venexiana

For Day 3 NYFW trend report,  the team again split up to bring you maximum coverage. Style Editor, Shalanda Turner headed to the Garment District to cover Amir Taghi’s debut New York Fashion Week show, while Heather, Jeanine & Arielle covered Alon Livne. Later in the evening, our team reconvened at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to cover Malan Breton and Venexiana.


Apparently, crop tops are here to stay! Amir Taghi favored sexy crop tops that incorporated deep V-necks. Mara Hoffman’s collection featured wide-leg pants, in all lengths (culotte and full). Mara Hoffman is also the queen of maxi dresses and sent a plethora of vibrant maxi dresses down the runway. Alon Livne stayed true to his warrior woman style, presenting a fierce collection full of sparkles, cut-outs, and 3D-enhancements.



Alon Livne Spring 2015 NYFW

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There seems to be a lot of transportation through clothes going on this week! Malan Breton presented his “Journey to Taiwan” Spring Collection, complete with dancers and musical performers.  Malan chose to use sateen-finish fabrics for the majority of his collection.  At a minimum, Malan Breton showed 60 looks last night.  He may win the award for the most extensive runway presentation during fashion week!


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As fashion week continues, we’re starting to see more and more prints. Herve Leger by Max Azria featured bold prints and embellished fabrics in their Spring 2015 collection. Tropical prints are pretty popular for Spring! Nicole Miller took us to Rio De Janeiro on Day 2, and Mara Hoffman took us to the beach with palm tree prints, and prints that resembled the sun rising over the ocean.




Lots of all white ensembles, pastels, and pops of bright color! Designers who featured tons of prints incorporated color by default, choosing vibrant and bold prints.


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Mara Hoffman takes the baseball hat to a girlie level by adding a tie-back scarf for the cap closure.  Heather and Jeanine checked out Anya Caliendo’s hat show at St. Regis Hotel! Of course we have to feature some of Anya’a amazing work for Spring! Wearing one of these hats will definitely escalate your fashion status from blah to haute couture faster than a sale at Bloomingdales!

Anya Caliendo Spring 2015 NYFW

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Ticket To The Tents: Day 2 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

(Featuring Trina Turk, Charlotte Ronson, Zimmermann, Nicole Miller, Monique Lhuillier, & Mark & Estel)

For Day 2 at New York Fashion Week, the Fashion Mingle team kicked off the day with Mark & Estel’s Spring 2015 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. After that the team split up. Heather, Otaymah, and Jeanine covered Saunder, and conducted an interview with David Tupaz off-site, while Michelle, Jane, & Shalanda stayed at Lincoln Center to cover the shows there and conduct an interview with Nicole Miller.


Sometimes less is more as displayed by Mark & Estel.  Their collection was solely made out of cotton found in your everyday denim, sweatpants and t-shirts. How do I know? Because during their final walk, Estel Day announced it to us during their closing song performance. Attending a Mark & Estel is always fun, and it was a great way to kick-off Day 2 of New York Fashion Week.

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In stark contrast to the cotton-heavy Mark & Estel Collection, Monique Lhuillier, opted for shiny, and metallic finish fabrics such as satin and silk and glittery fabrics for her plethora of gowns and dresses.  Zimmermann also favored metallic hues in suiting.

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As seen on the Day 1 runways, pastels were again the favored choice amongst designers for day 2.  Charlotte Ronson featured peach, pale blue, and pale green hues and Zimmerman featured pale yellows.  And while there was a pop of pastels here and there, Trina Turk stood by her claim to fame and design aesthetic of using bold and vibrant colors. It appears that even if pastels are trending, Trina will rebel and stay bold, and who can blame her? The scene during her presentation was fun and flirty and the bold hues added to the playfulness of the collection.

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Trina Turk collection’s was not only playful, but it made me think of the 60s, especially with the models wearing wide scarf headbands!  The models wore bold, statement necklaces and posed with handbags of all shapes and sizes.  Popular in both the Charlotte Ronson and Trina Turk collections were these comfortable looking sandals.  Is the gladiator sandal being replaced next season as the it-shoe for Spring? We’ll find out.

Trina Turk Shalanda Turner

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Nicole Miller’s collection stood out on Day 2 for having the most prints. Her vision of transporting her wearers to Rio De Janeiro Brazil was creatively conveyed to the audience. The models wore prints that featured birds and palm trees, while carrying luggage.  Charlotte Ronson featured a few floral prints, but overall prints were pretty minute throughout the collections with solid colors dominating day 2.


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Written by: Shalanda Turner, Style Editor

Ticket To The Tents: Day 1 Spring 2015 NYFW Trend Report

(Featuring Nicholas K, Richard Chai, BCBGMaxAzria, Tadashi Shoji, Marissa Webb, CuteCircuit, & Desigual)

It’s September! Which means we’ve arrived at another New York Fashion Week. If you’re like us, this makes September one of our favorite months of the year! In fact, we’d go so far as to agree with Instagrammer, Candy Price Pratt that “September is the January of Fashion!” New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday with designers presenting their Spring 2015 Collections. The team was on the scene covering the first day of New York Fashion Week.  Representing this year, we have Fashion Mingle Style Editor, Shalanda Turner, Videographer, Michelle Elise Harding, Photographer Jane Kratochvil, and Contributors, Otaymah Bonds, Heather Petrey & Jeanine Valiente.


Nicholas K kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in their usual 9am spot on day one inside the tents.  While the draping, layers and loose silhouettes are not new to Nicholas K, their introduction of a pretty, pastel teal green was a change from the browns, tans and whites.  We’re hoping this color is a fixture in all the runways for Spring.

Nicholas K - Jane Kratochvil

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And continuing with pastels, it appears that pastels will continue to dominate next Spring as they did this year.  Lubov and Max presented a collection for BCBGMaxAzria that included pastel pinks & blue along with a ton of white and off-white garments.  However, some designers opted to include pops of bright colors in their collections. Richard Chai featured a bold lime-yellow color for spring, and Desigual, known for bold and colorful prints did not disappoint.

Desigual - Jane Kratochvil

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In contrast to Desigual’s bold use of prints in every garment, most of the runways were absent of significant amounts of prints, with the designers opting for solid colors to convey their visions. If there were prints, they were mosaic and abstract in nature, versus typical floral prints that usually dominate for Spring.

BCBGMaxAzria - Jane Kratochvil

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Long is the new black! Tadashi Shoji favored knee-length dresses and full-length gowns.  BCBGMaxAzria also went long for spring with wide-leg trousers and ankle-length skirts.   Marissa Webb featured super-chic outerwear pieces for spring from ankle-length trench coats, to peplum wind-breakers. There’s a lot of material on the runways for Spring.  Long and free flowing fabrics that offer tons of movement for the wearer.

Tadashi Shoji - Jane Kratochvil
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Wearable Technology is all the rage right now and CuteCircuit has taken the world by storm with their technological clothing innovations.  Their collection for Spring, featured cool, digital enhancements that were incorporated into the clothes, shiny and glittery fabrics, and even digitally enhanced bathing suites! Forget wearable tech bracelets, we want the clothes version!

Written by: Shalanda Turner, Style Editor.

Shop Isabelle Donola Straight Off the NYFW Runway!

When does the love of fashion begin? For Brazil-born designer Isabelle Donola, that love started when she learned to stitch at the age of three, making Barbie clothes by the time she was six. This early passion sparked a career in fashion for Donola who has been a participant on Project Runway and is showing at this year’s New York Fashion Week.

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Growing up, Donola’s creative and imaginative eye allowed her to draw inspiration from many different art forms, ranging form cloths and textiles to metals and recycled materials. For her most recent collection, Donola was inspired by abstract shapes, well-fitted garments and oversized structural pieces.

Even after exploring various other hobbies and career opportunities, including journalism and ballet, Donola knew from a young age she was destined for the world of fashion design. With such a deep passion for every step in the design process, fashion design is more than just a job or interest, for Donola it is a necessity.

Donola was featured as a designer on popular T.V. show Project Runway on the “Under the Gunn” season and has shown at various New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week events. Donola currently has a successful fashion line “ Isabelle Donola NYC”.

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Isabelle will be showing her new collection this Monday at New York Fashion Week. She describes the collection as:

“Nude. That was the first word that came to mind when I thought about this collection. The reflection of human nature and how people so often wear a mask. So I created a collection to evoke the naked beauty of the human being, raw in its essence and beautiful just as it is. I want people to embrace their inner beauty and extend that to their second skin. Allowing the garments to fearlessly speak to the world about who they are.”

We are very excited to have Isabelle Donola as our debut designer at New York Fashion Week. You can take a look and shop her collection live from the runway starting Monday September 8th at 4:00 p.m. EST here.

Salute the Runway Kicks-Off NYFW by Giving Back

New York Fashion Week is here – and we could not be more excited! We always look forward to seeing the fashions that will hit the runways but we are thrilled that the show that kick-starts NYFW is all about giving back!

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This year, fifteen female army veterans and active-duty service women will take to the runway to raise awareness for the difficulties faced when transitioning from the military back to civilian life.

Non-for-profit organization Fatigues to Fabulous and Little Black Dress Wines are the sponsors for the Salute the Runway show that is held today at the Lincoln Centre.

These 15 women will be wearing different variations of the iconic little black from top designers including Calvin Klein, Mara Hoffman and DKNY and will have their hair and make-up professionally done by the designer’s stylists.

Along with the runway show, historic war uniforms will be on display from the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation in Washington.

To learn more about the organization and today’s event check out their Facebook page here.

DAY 6 NYFW Trend Report

DAY 6 NYFW Trend Report

(Featuring Pamella Roland, Rodarte, Vera Wang, Naeem Khan, Oscar De La Renta, & Sophie Theallet)

Well folks, we are winding down! There’s only 2 days left of New York Fashion Week! I don’t know about you, but this makes me quite sad! However, I’m sure our media team will be happy for the crazy, busy week to be over!  In my opinion the designers on Day 6 brought out the big guns, with a ton of show stopping collections.  Vera Wang showed that bugs aren’t creepy, but beautiful.  Pamella Roland presented a very diverse runway collection, while Rodarte taught us that Sci-fi and Fashion DO go together.  Let’s take a look back at the trends seen on the runway for Day 6.



The colors remained fairly dark in nature except for the ladies behind the label Rodarte who presented a very pastel collection.  Pamella Roland featured dark blues, black, mauves & burgundy.  Vera Wang presented a completely black and blue collection with no pop of color unless you count the red hair of one of her models.  Naeem Khan featured browns, gold, reds, & tans with a few black and whites mixed in.


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A lot of sheer! For the most part, people assume they have to wear heavier fabrics in the winter time, but a sheer garment underneath a statement overcoat will definitely keep you warm from point A to B.  Pamella Roland used a lot of shiny fabrics that made me think of satin and lame and displayed some amazing beadwork.


Pamella Roland

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There are many types of checkered prints from gingham to plaid, and even plaid comes in different designs from tartan to madras, and Vera Wang favored all types of plaid in her collection! Plaid is typically associated with menswear along with argyle and she also had a few argyle pieces.  Pamella Roland also favored plaid for a few of her looks.  Naeem Khan took a walk on the wild side featuring exotic animal prints. Rodarte pleased more than just the fashion crowd with their use of Star Wars images for their final dresses.  Star Wars fans everywhere will adore those pieces.  Oscar De La Renta featured prints in the brocade/baroque/damask patterns for his collection.



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Fur Boas & Opera Gloves for Pamella Roland. Statement necklaces and brooches for Vera Wang, and statement earrings for Oscar De La Renta.

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Vera Wang featured loose fitting garments also adding opera gloves and fur vests to her ensembles. Pamella Roland stayed with more classic & feminine silhouette, while Sophie Theallet presented a collection of mostly shorter, cocktail length dresses.

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The dark lip remains a designer favorite, especially for Rodarte and Naeem Khan.  Rodarte also featured a burgundy smokey eye on their models. Pamella Roland brought back old Hollywood glam with a side part and cascading waves.

Pamella Roland

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Article written by Shalanda Turner, Style Editor