After spending almost a month watching chic European women walk past me donning a pair of hightop sneakers I don’t think I can live another day with out a pair for myself. I think Isabel Marant might be responsible for this global acceptances of the “sneaker” but either way, IM SOLD and I WANT…
Two words: NECK BELT. After last season’s presence of metallic chokers and collars I thought for sure there would be a lot of form fitting neckwear but this takes the cake. Although there has been virtually no jewelery coming down the NYFW runway I think this makes such a bold statement and I love it for SS12… I can imagine it in floral prints or spectator stripes as well.
Much like the vibe of Altuzarra, Charlotte Ronson had a very Utilitarian Femininity about it. The strappy sandals with the sheer knee-high socks underneath is a refreshing update to the clunky silhouettes of last year. We again see another metallic shoe in Ronson’s collection proving it to be a key player in NYFW.
In AMSTERDAM for just two days to cover retail here and haven’t had NEARLY enough time to dive into NYFW the way I want to. However, I think the ALTUZARRA show was really powerful with its utilitarian femininity and sleek minimalism. Absolutely love the contrast of these body belts to the uber strappy and lady-like sandals. There has been so much white its insane, I truly think the key colors for SS12 footwear will be white, red and metallic silver… let’s see if the remainder of the shows follow suit. Tomorrow off the London… ciao for now!
After the first hour of NYFW I tweeted:
from top to bottom: Rachel Comey; Caran Callahan; Rachel Comey; Steven Alan; Rachel Comey; Steven Alan; What Goes Around Comes Around; Porter Grey; Richard Chai; Porter Grey; Porter Grey; Organics by John Patrick
Day ONE of NYFW and I am already wishing it was Spring again… Well, maybe not right away, but soon enough that once I’ve worn all of my Fall trends I can immediately move onto some of these airy new ones.
Coming down the runway at NYFW Day 1 we saw watercolors and abstract prints at BCBG and RACHEL COMEY but to juxtapose this juicy palette a lot of designers such as NICHOLAS K and ODILON headed for a monochromatic white look which speaks perfectly to the minimalism I was hoping to see for SS12. Below you can see not only the milky shades of these white platforms but also the full look next to the shoe for an overall understanding of the trend.
In today’s world where fashion is turning faster than ever it is easy to get lost in the shuffle. To become a relevant brand in this kind of retail environment is extremely difficult in itself but staying relevant is an even harder task. One aspect of developing a label that is so often overlooked is the idea of developing a Brand Essence; a sense of identity that goes beyond silhouettes and style but rather paints a vivid picture of what the brand stands for, what defines it and who it caters to. When I came across Austrian footwear collection ROSA MOSA at Premiere Classe in Paris there was something so intelligent and intriguing about the attention paid to developing their brand message that I couldn’t help but share!
As this whirlwind week comes to an end, I leave you with a visual diary to dissect and digest. I met so many amazing people at the tradeshows and even on the streets, ate macaroons, shopped and noted every detail of Paris retail and Galeries Lafayette, drank ample Cafe au Lait, watched trend seminars, slept a little and learned a lot. Paris is a melting pot of cultures and creativity and I am pleased to share every beat of our adventure with you… next stop: Antwerp, Belgium.