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Donna Karan Pre Fall 2012 Look 18

Where Pre-fall for DKNY seemed a bit static, maybe even uncomfortably commercial, Donna Karan Collection reaffirmed Karan’s place among America’s most forward-thinking designers.

Carolina Herrera Pre Fall 2012 Look 4

Few designers have mastered the art of understated elegance. For Carolina Herrera it’s become a lifestyle. Carolina made it clear that pre-fall was a continuation of spring, which was jam packed with prints, color, and embellishment.

DKNY Pre-Fall 2012-31

Overall this was a collection about trends and vast selection, which is probably just what retailers have prescribed.

Oscar de la Renta Pre Fall 2012 Look 25

After a romping spring 2012 collection replete with bustling couture skirts and grungy lace t-shirts and crop tops, Oscar de la Renta took it back to basics reminding us all that he’s the American master of both high-drama and understated elegance.

Michael Kors Pre Fall 2012

Pre-fall for Michael Kors channeled all the characteristic sexiness found in an American Western saloon.

Jason Wu Pre Fall 2012 Look 22

Jason Wu is back to his aristocratic ways with his Pre-Fall 2012 collection. But these weren’t the veiled, Klimtian princesses from last fall’s much venerated Robert Polidori/Versailles line-up.

Mulberry Typography by Craig Ward 3

Craig Wards was asked to create a custom type treatment to accompany Mulberry’s 2011 Autumn Winter 2011 campaign which was inspired by feathers and launched at NYFW earlier this year.

Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2012 RTW 1

This latest from Calvin Klein Collection saw Francisco Costa at his most paired down. While many designers felt around minimalism for Fall 2011, opting for saturated brights and piñatas of prints for spring and summer, Costa took nudes, metallics and black and made dresses, skirts, coats with a supremely subtle hand, constructing pieces that were far from being as simple and stripped down as they might first appear.

Fashion Avenue

What the US Trademark office is saying is that it really doesn’t care about protecting the ideas or billions of dollars in sales generated by the fashion industry, yet if you use the phrase “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” without permission, you could be in serious legal trouble.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 RTW 1

Flappers. Cowgirls. Industrial factory workers. They all came down Marc Jacobs’ stunningly constructed Edison bulb lit saloon runway at the Lexington Armory. If Jacobs has a knack for one thing in this industry, it’s showmanship. He’s one of the few designers who truly knows how to put on a show and his vision is always holistically considered. With Philip Glass’ 70s opera ‘Einstein on the Beach’ serving as runway music – it was hard to get the show’s pace, and the tune, out of your head once the gold lame curtain closed.

Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW 1

It was all about Beginnings for Diane Von Furstenberg and the makeup matched the look perfectly. Beautiful fresh and natural faces all around.

Thakon Spring 2012 RTW 1

Thakoon Panichgul went for a very tongue-in-cheek mash-up for spring. After serving up Versailles by way of a Kenyan tribal plaid for Fall ’11, Thakoon delivered a skewed version of ‘Cowboys and Indians’.

Alexander Wang Spring 2012 RTW Beauty 12

Driven by lights in the big city, and a “fast woman”, hair was wet and stringy with the ultimate in sophistication. Prepping hair with Redken’s Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, Guido Palau coated locks from roots to ends before creating a messy center part and rough-drying.

Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2012 Look 40

Sportswear is already proving to be a predominant trend in New York this season, so should it be any wonder that it be Alexander Wang to shell out the definitive collection in the matter? This season, he took athleticism and took it from an abstraction and created a clear vision.

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2012 Look 39

Joseph Altuzarra’s show moved fast. Kinetics is what seemed to be most at play. Working with a tropic Hawaiian print on white and black leather, it was a techno-fabric urban jungle explosion, but a calculated one.

Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2012

Ford Model’s Kate King, Simone Cavalho, Karmen Pedaru, and Hanne Gaby are seen backstage at the Pier 94 in Manhattan for Alexander Wang S/S 2012. Lara Mullen, Cora, and Julia Nobis also featured in this show.

Lindsey Wixson, Richard Chai Spring Summer 2012

Richard Chai Love Spring 2012 Collection was one to talk about… For the amazing in your face, yet sedated, beauty. Slamming color in your face, James Kaliardos for MAC Cosmetics, created a “Japanese Harajuku girl meets Venice Beach girl” look to balance the “explosion of color and texture” of the collection. And let me tell you, it worked.

Prabal Gurung Spring Summer 2012

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2012 is off and running and the key makeup artists have not disappointed. We have seen everything from blue and purple matte lips to gorgeous ethereal fairy tale looks.


With all the amazing colors and shapes walking down BCBG’s runway they needed to go with a stunning, yet understated look. Maybelline artist Charlotte Willer gave the models a stunning fresh, clean look.

Rag & Bone Spring 2012 RTW 1

New York Fashion Week’s favorite British exports – Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone – are riding high on the sportswear trend that’s ringing true with the New York set.

Jason Wu Spring 2012 RTW 1

Jason Wu is a cool kid trapped in a would-be couturier’s body – at least that’s what his latest collection seemed to signal. He’s also a ravenous aesthete. He is an artist who is inspired by other artists and is not afraid to acknowledge it.

Ed Hardy Swimwear - Runway - Swim 2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Headquartered at Lincoln Center, home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the M-Class Fashion Ranger SUV is patrolling Manhattan and carrying out fashion expeditions such as a search for best gazelle like legs, the wildest shoes, Alpha editor sightings, an animal print rescue, and a hunt for the five fiercest handbags.

Bar Italia

Now that Fashion Week has been settled in its uptown home for several seasons, chic uptown restaurants are buzzing with fashionistas grabbing a bite – and resting from those heels!

Macys Herald Square

Fashion’s Night Out, the fashion industry’s biggest celebration of its kind, is back for a third year proving that three is a charm! On Thursday, September 8, shoppers who don’t find themselves near a Macy’s Fashion’s Night Out location at 6:00pm EST won’t have to miss out on the festivities, as for the first time ever, a special two-hour web event will coming to you live from Macy’s Herald Square, New York.