NYFW Spring 2012 Favorites

Every holiday or major event should last a week long like Fashion Week does; I mean, how exciting would it be if Eid, Christmas, Hannukah, birthdays, Thanksgiving, etc. were all mandatory week long celebrations?! Sounds pretty good to me, at least. I am absolutely exhausted but I am determined to watch every livestream I’m able to. If you missed my post yesterday on how to view the shows live online, take a look at it here!

Do you have any favorites so far? I’ve compiled my favorites below followed by a mini review of each designer. Thus far, Nicholas K is at the top of my list – once again – with his earthy tones, wearable fabrics and silhouettes, loose fits and heavy layering. I’m thinking I need a parka and a long, hooded, cowl-neck sweater – wouldn’t that work right now, too?! I think so!

Nicholas K

Nicholas K clearly loves layering, and he knows I do too, apparently! I joke. This time around, there was a desire to see cleaner pieces in order to judge how they would look standing alone. The show kicked off with looks for men and women in tinted whites – which was an instant strong start. I loved the open asymmetric jacket in a lightweight, foil-printed suede as well as the drape bias-cut dresses that had an earthy-yet-graceful tone. The hues eventually darkened, moving into sandy hues, then grays, and finishing off with blacks. 
I’m always a huge fan when it comes to layering, so the fact that they piled on 2, 3, sometimes 4 layers, I was kind of overly excited! Kunz also showed long suede shorts that had a more masculine look – also very wearable for everyday – and made amazing use of print, creating several patterns ‘abstracted from photographs of jellyfish and landscapes’ – how creative is that?! All in all, once again, I’m going to stock up on pieces that look great when layering; and I really want to make those cuffs with the long tassels hanging from the models’ arms! 
Kevork Kiledjian 

Clearly Kiledjian knows what sexy is with these body-hugging, figure-enhancing silhouettes. Anyone would instantly feel like a bombshell in one of these looks, and I’m particularly obsessing over the metallic brown on the bottom right and the olive green on the top left. His cuts are absolutely perfect, and the quality of the materials and finishings on the pieces look exquisitely rich. Even though I only featured bodycon dresses, he definitely wasn’t short on basic items, such as a white leather bomber vest.  I’m not exactly sure where he was going with the collection as a whole – as Project Runway judges would ask “Who is your model? Where is she going? What does she do?” With the diversity of the pieces in this show, I’m not sure I can answer these questions, other than with “well, at least she’s going to look hot,” which isn’t bad… right?
Cushnie et Ochs
Delving into childhood fantasies, the designers of Cushnie et Ochs landed on this season’s spin on modern housewives. Narrow dresses came out in bright solids – pink, canary yellow, white, camel, and black – but my favorites were these two monochrome pieces above. Paired with matching shoes, the geometric cutouts transformed little white and black dresses into sexy futuristic wear, something I’m obviously fond of (clearly, with my many posts on Retro-futurism.) If you look closely, the white look is a high-waisted eyelet skirt with major flounce, and a matching alluring low-neckline top. 
I just finished watching Rebecca Taylor, and I’m waiting for Nicole Miller at 6pm (really excited to see what she has!) Stay tuned for another item from my 30-Day Fall Essentials list! Share your favorite collections so far in the comments! Don’t forget to stay in tune with my Twitter and Facebook to receive live updates as the shows are happening, plus more, of course! 

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