Sunday, September 27, 2009

New York Fashion Week S/S 2010 - Milly and Maria Pinto

Day 7 of NYSW was spent at the Milly show and Maria Pinto presentation. Milly's Spring/Summer 2010 theme is "Punk Meets Prep". Side-swept pony tails and giant knotted bows in black sheer material were spotted on heads of models walking down the runway. The collection is dominated by short hemlines with an emphasis on shorts paired with luxuriously embellished and boxy jackets, and flirty mini dresses. Black is also a major color on the runway. Michelle Smith, the designer behind Milly, also presented her collection alongside the debut of her jewelry collection, which features chunky and versatile layered necklaces.

Maria Pinto's installation was hosted at Banchet Flowers in the Meatpacking District. The collection was inspired by the raw sensuality and tension in the Argentine tango. Spiral chiffons, whisper soft leathers, stretch wools and shirred jersey were all featured in her dramatic and fantastical collection. Especially mesmerizing was the bright yellow shredded chiffon gown worn with the most exquisite hand jewelry.

Embellished black jacket with shiny grey silk shorts.

Black mini skirt with embellished waistline paired with boxy grey jacket.

Familiar silhouettes echo through the collection.

A splash of orange and white stands out from the black dominant collection.

Casual day dress great for everyday wear.

Leather motorcycle jacket: a main staple for the fall as well.

Everyone needs a LBD.

One shouldered LBD you can keep forever.

Chunky necklace gives the elegant black jumpsuit some edge.

Embellished neckline on the LBD with piled on necklace is unexpectedly glam.

Maria Pinto

Stunning bright yellow chiffon gown.

Fushia spiral chiffon gown ignites the Argentine tango passion.

Exquisite hand jewelry.

Whipser thin lux leather.

Low neckline + luxurious details = one knockout piece

Feminine pastel top with rosettes are offset by a structured pant.

A standout statement jacket for sure.

*Milly photo source:

New York Fashion Week S/S 2010 - Willow and Tibi

Day 6 of NYFW I saw the Willow and Tibi show, both of which are unique in their own ways. At the Willow show, the theme was "Eternal Phi", conjuring up a deep sea journey into the Great Barrier Reef. The silhouettes were decidedly relaxed but structured, speckled with a flowing and feminine vibe every now and then. Cream and white dominated the runway with the occasional blue and gold. Metallic embellishments and mother-of-pearl completes the scene, calling to mind the glories of the undersea paradise.

The Tibi show was one of the most colorful I've seen during Fashion Week. Bright colors were spotted on easy, breezy ensembles, as well as pretty and feminine silhouettes. Icy pastels, rosettes on skirts and shoulders, and flowing backsides evoke the awakening of spring and the imagery of a lush garden party.

The undulating hem brings to mind an oyster shell or the sand dunes on deep sea floor.

Structured white gorgeousness.

A futuristic take on the undersea princess.

Loose sparkly pants = relaxed glamour.

An ethereal silhouette and shade. The lightness and movement of this dress is otherworldly.

Layers of chiffon floating down the runway creates motion like currents undersea.

Shredded material gone elegant.

Mother-of-pearl having a shining moment.

Metallic embellishment contrasts with the abstract black and white background.

In the darker depths.


Bright colors galore.

Icy pastel with a flirty and girly twist.

Rosette detail on the shoulder.

Flowing silhouette.

The backside is just as mesmerizing.

Feminine floral details.

See how it floats!

*Willow photos source:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New York Fashion Week S/S 2010 - Rosa Chà and Gottex

Looking at the swimsuits and resort wear from Rosa Chà and Gottex makes me want to jet off to some tropical island and lounge on a sandy beach, sipping an ice-cold drink (preferably one with a fushia mini umbrella on top of the drink). Known for its sizzling swimwear, Rosa Chà came up with a laid-back and feminine silhouette for this season. Brazilians are known for their bottom-baring swim wear and this collection is anything but. The more conservative approach is nonetheless refreshing and wearable. My favorites are the adorable jumpsuits as coverups and the macramé swimsuit. I have to say though, the macramé swimsuits are pretty to look at, but begs the question of seriously streaky tan lines!

Gottex has a wide-ranging of swim wear on offer. This collection recalls the glamourous beach life in St. Tropez or any French Riviera locales. Who do I see wearing the jewel encrusted black bikini with the sheer and flowing golden kaftan? Beyoncé of course!

Rosa Chà*

Tan lines anyone?


*All Rosa Chà images from New York Magazine.