Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BARBIE®: The Dream Closet @ Lincoln Center

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC

The world went all pink for just a moment in a very crowded party celebrating "The World's Most Fashionable Doll Opens The Pink Doors to her Coveted Closet."

Upstairs...six models posed in vintage Barbie® looks with fashions on loan from the Albright Fashion Library-including Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta and Chloe.

Downstairs, oversized dressing room on one side held Barbie® dolls galore...and gobs of grown-up gals lined up to have their pics taken in an assortment of iconic career-to couture looks, superimposed on-thanks to the wonders of virtual reality.

even the DJ got all glammy

360 pairs of pink-heeled pumps lined one wall, champagne flowed everywhere, and there was 8 foot custom-sculpted, live floral pink poodle an pink heel sculptures. A pity "they" only left  this installation up over the weekend...for a online take on Barbie's Dream Closet...check out www.barbiewow.com

NAUTICA FALL 2012 Presentation

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC
Indigo suede toggle coat, grey heather shawl cardigan, cream cotton rugby polo, blue/white cotton striped button-down, kaki twill cargo pant

words/images Judith Ecochard

Nautica chose a restaurant (Ed's Chowder House) near to Lincoln Center -for its nautically inspired ("...by the iconic watermen of the AMerican northeast coast: Sailmakers, Dockhands, Admirals, and Coastal Prepsters).... collection of terrific updated classics for an outdoors guy ready to set sail...or not.

tan nubuck sailing vest, ormeal heather wool fairisle shawl collar sweater over white/navy cotton striped L/S shirt

Let's just say we were glad there wasn't a fire drill...leading to some stampede nightmare...AND we always prefer a presentation- but it was tough to linger and admire the apparel...let alone the models.
Navy cotton wax hooded toggle jacket, classic navy cotton shawl collar button up sweater, summit blue cotton twill multi pocket button-down, stone cotton dock pant

Inspiration though, for designer Chris Cox was wonderfully rendered however-it was obvious even in a NEW YORK minute---with autumnal/winter fabrics like corduroy, sturdy wools and knits...and tech fabrics that stand up to the weather-like waxed cotton and ripstop nylon...all tailored handsomely.

red marled wool shawl collar sweater, nautical re cotton traditional button tartan plaid buttondown

The models were grouped by task in a matter of speaking-begnning with the sailmakers...but of course, the versatile separates would work seamlessly with the all the basics any guy owns. Refreshingly, these are pieces we can see our guy actually wearing...All-American cuts, crisp tailoring...and well groomed.

Shawl collars, toggle coats, navy pea jackets, and sailing and "gear" jackets and corduroy 5 pocket pant...strong pieces.

Black wool hooded Edgar toggle coat, nay/white cotton button up mock neck rugby polo, grey wool flat front pant

Classicnavy wool engineered stripe zip sweater jacket

Yellow technical sailing jacket with black cotton twill true khaki pant (l)...Sail white technical sailing jacket,  sail white fleece full zip and vintage black cotton canvas cargo pant (r)

Red technical long sailing jacket, nautical red cotton plaid bomber, black brushed cotton twill cargo (l), Sail white down parka, ail white cotton 1/4 zip sweatshirt, white cotton button-down, navy performance nylon short (r)

Indigo denim utility jacket, heather grey wool button cardigan sweater, blue anchor printed button down, stone cotton dock pant (front)


Katya Leonovich FALL 2012 Presentation@Lincoln Center

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard

Katya Leonovich

Katya Leonovich showed a modern  collection for urban gals-with a decidedly geometric silhouette-conjured up with mixed shimmery metallic fabrics/textiles like silk and more substantive ones- python and leather...softened up with lush painterly prints-a signature Fall 2012 runway staple for several collections.

sharp shoulders

We weren't familiar with the Russian native designer...but she has earned top prize at several design competitions- like the Mittelmodal Prize, the Smirnoff International Competition, and Supima's Inaugural Competition for emerging designers

Prints were riotous splashes of sky blue turquoise, purple, lilac, and pink colors-that we thought were the highlights...especially when fashioned into feminine dresses...as pictured below.

as lush as a Monet painting of flowers with "tougher" leather gloves

mixed python metallic  satin

bold lines-reminded us of that Janet Jackson era from her  Rhythm Nation 1814 days

Michael Antonio shoes

gypsy feminine-colors were outstanding

Design detail-printed fabric "strings" instead of solid shoulders...