Gottex Spring / Summer 2011:

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By Sonja Leix

A sunrise was a beautiful prelude to another stunning swimwear collection for Gottex, Spring 2011. The line featured inovative shapes with rich embellishment and new fabrics to create looks that fuse technology and luxury.

The new Spring collection shaped the female body using criss cross lines, high-waist bottoms with belts, bandeau swimsuits and one piecers with interesting cut-outs. Cover ups have been re-invented: Long flowing printed silk capes and dresses that are worn underneath or tucked into the suit.

Luxury for the hot season at it’s highest form with rich use of rock embellishment, sequins and crystal embroidery especially on the more glamorous pieces such as the wet look and metallic swimsuits.

The only question left to ask is: When will there be Red Carpet Poolside Events I can wear this to?

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Tibi Spring / Summer 2011

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By Marcy Clark

Tibi lead with a ladylike frock coat and continued with simple, pared-down knit and eyelet looks in white, camel and saffron. The aesthetic and mood was one of preppy femininity.

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Most of the looks were paired with flats or wedges, suggesting that the Tibi woman is independent, beautiful, well-tailored and comfortable.

Some of the pieces that got more daring were the dalmation print tops and pants. The looks got more delicious as the show progressed, with mustard and creme looks with floral and beaded applique well incorporated into the pieces. Though it was simple I was most attracted to a white silk camisole and long knit skirt with pockets and a long creamy silk pantsuit paired with a short knit jacket, both of which looked rich, sumptuous and perfect for elegant lounging.

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Prabal Garung Spring / Summer 2011

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By Mariana Leung, Editor in Chief MsFabulous.com

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Design talent Prabal Garung’s show on Saturday was highly anticipated by every editor in the front row. Prabal started his collection off with classic cream and whites punched with pale coral prints than switching to bright saffron, crimson, turmeric with slashes of aquamarine. Black, figure hugging satin jackets had unexpected slash and cut techniques.

Long, floor length silk dresses were trimmed with cascading asymmetrical ribbon.  Fabric cutouts accentuated slim figures and tiny waists. For those who love black, there were refreshing takes on the LBD.  My favorite was a long black number with an asymmetrical cascading mother of pearl appliqué over the shoulder. The crowd favorite was the transparent top with strategic textured black appliqué work.

Pencil skirts in lengths below the knee seemed to be the key separate for this collection.  Other pieces were memorable for details such as rubberized silk/organza fringes on dresses.

Prabal had it all.  Modern updates on classic silhouettes.  This is an investment collection. What that means to me is that if you can only afford one thing for Spring 2011, it would be a piece from from Prabal. I plan to skip my cocktails for a chance to buy that heavenly top.

Spotted in the front row: Rachel Zoe, Robert Verdi

Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011

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By Mariana Leung, Editor in Chief MsFabulous.com

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This is always one of the shows I look forward to.  Cynthia Rowley has always represented girly, flirty fun clothes with a sense of humor.  This collection did not disappoint.  The major theme for Spring 2011 was circles.  This came in three-dimensional cabochon appliqués in different sizes or the opposite; perforated circular holes.

The color palette reminded me of licorice all-sorts which fit the candy-dots effect of the cabochons.  The circular holes in the garments also reminded me of the old Lollipop building that used to be across from Columbus circle (now the Museum of Arts and Design).  Was this a nod to the show’s Lincoln Center location?

Cynthia Rowley paid a more direct tribute to the new Fashion Week location’s performing arts roots in using sets from the NYC Ballet’s “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet”.  Ms. Rowley is a fan.

Wouldn’t you know it?  Just as klutzy Ms. FAB sat down, she cut her wrist on her own jewelry and had to use the dress-up band-aids that were placed on each seat…

Adam Lippes Spring 2011

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By Mariana Liung, Editor in Chief MsFabulous.com

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Clean and pretty.  That seems to be what many of the better designers are striving for next Spring.  Adam Lippes’ show on Saturday afternoon worked to express the juxtaposition of delicate lace and chiffon against structured pieces.

The designer used Charlotte Gainsbourg as a muse, inspired by her character in the film “The City of Your Final Destination.” The clothing showed meticulous attention to the details.  Embroidery, eyelet, tiny ruffles and a soft color palette defined the collection’s overall focus.

The shoes were bolder and brighter.  Mostly wide strapped sandals with very tall heels.
Spotted in the front row: All the usual suspects fashion editors.

Venexiana Spring / Summer 2011

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By Sonja Leix and Marcy Clark

mercedes benz fashion week,new york fashion week,fashion week spring 2011,venexiana 2011Once again Kati Stern received a standing ovation at the end of the Venexiana Spring / Summer 2011 runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Stern’s overwhelming number of fifty looks were both elegant and glamorous celebrating the female body. Gowns with oversize flowers and bows, one shoulder long satin dresses with diagonal lace overlays and crystal detailing,  metallic cocktail dresses with snake print and long flowing marble print dresses

Her color palette consisted mostly of warm tones, pastels, gold, silver, red, purple and shades of blue. Metallic gold and blue are all over the runways this season, proving that Glenn Beck is actually right, we should invest in gold! The Women’s Mafia recommends gold fabric versus mail order pawn shops though.

Our extremely talented friends at Tela Design Studio (the home of Tela Beauty Organics), who hosted our fashion show on September 9th, were responsible for the delicious and refreshing hairstyles. Phillip Pelusi and his team are bringing crimping back into style but in a very subtle new way. Hair was pulled back into a loose elegant bun with strands of hair pulled out and crimped in medium size waves. Pelusi, like Kati Stern, knows that women want it both ways, elegance and fun in equal parts.

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Edition Georges Chakra Spring / Summer 2011: Modern, Elegant, Glamorous

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By Sonja Leix

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Georges Chakra once again designed a stunning collection that was constructed with so much detail. He used sets of satin straps parallel or crisscross to sculpture the female body and to create futuristic cut-outs. Some of my favorite looks were the skirt with satin strap and looped strap collar jacket, the sequin cocktail dress under chiffon overlay and the stretch cocktail dresses with strap details. The designer also introduced his line of liquid lame draped jersey dresses in both steel and bronze colors for an über-sexy statement.

His color palette contained a mix of bold and neutral colors like taupe, torquoise, saffron, purple, gold and ivory. Visually stunning were especially his satin strap basket weave bodice which was paired with a long flowing skirts with color gradients.

To sum it up in three words: Chakra’s Spring / Summer Collection 2011 is modern, elegant and glamorous.


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Buckler Spring / Summer 2011

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By Sonja Leix

Buckler’s Spring 2011 Collection was inspired by the German modernists’ school, Bauhaus, and the 1924 Olympics.

Both the Bauhaus and the 1924 Olympics represent ardent optimism and a belief in the future. Buckler’s collection is influence by the Bauhaus principle “less is more” using linens and cottons in the color palette old white, navy, silver grey, red and khaki with minimalistic stripe details and different colored collars. The looks were complimented with bags from The Madly.

Buckler’s collection presented shorts, polos, shirts, blazers and jackets with interesting minimalistic details like striped pattern and different colored collars for the young modern man.

(Photos by Women’s Mafia)

Guli Spring / Summer 2011

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By Mariana Leung, Editor in Chief www.MsFabulous.com

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Is Uzbekistan the next fashion capital? Gulnara Karimova is working hard to make you believe so.  An Uzbekistan ambassador who works with several charitable organizations in that country, she showed a collection that demonstrated what it had to offer.

While Ikat patterns have been on many major runways this year, the Guli brand demonstrated the true Ikat fabric, including a romantic mythology of its origin.  The fabric was traditionally an artisanal textile of different weighted silk yarns.  The pride of heritage was showcased in traditional techniques and embroideries, but with contemporary silhouettes.

Accessories included the Guli jewelry collection that resulted from a collaboration with Chopard.
The designer’s background was originally in politics.  At times, I was not sure if this runway presentation was intended to be marketed to retailers directly, or a diplomatic excercise to announce the country overall as a fashion player.  The clothes had an International flair, and maybe not quite the taste of the urban New Yorker.  My colleague from the West Coast heartily disagrees, and is ready to buy the menswear right now.

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Christian Siriano Spring / Summer 2011

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By Mariana Liung, Editor in Chief www.MsFabulous.com

Project Runway’s most successful alum presented his show yesterday at Lincoln Center.  The majority of the collection consisted of very wearable (retail-bait) dresses.  Many of the looks had his signature one-shoulder flourish.  There were the mass-appealing whites and tans for spring.  There was a beautiful collection of artful brush prints.

However, Christian Siriano fans did not come to the show for saleable clothes.  You could almost hear the sign of satisfaction (or relief?) when the over-the-top ballgowns came down the runway.  The drama queen of “fierce” did not disappoint.

The young designer is collaborating with Payless shoes.  I’m not sure what that partnership has done creatively, but the shoes on the model got pretty wild.  The avant-garde heels suited the flamboyant personality of the collection.

Spotted in the front row: Veronica Webb, Maggie Grace, Alan Cummings

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