Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012

Oscar de la Renta showed his newest installment at his 42nd St. showroom in New York City last week.  The collection, inspired by his Spanish roots and cubist elements from Picasso’s works, was modern, cool, and inviting.  Ensembles ranged from the ladylike and demure to the uber saucy.  Scribble patterned sheath dresses in black and white and occasional brights and patchwork appliqués were plentiful and easy to wear.  Crisp boleros paired with skinny trousers, flouncy bright colored one-shouldered gowns with high slits, and voluminous gowns with sashes  evoked the pageantry of a bullfight, but somehow on a sophisticated and tasteful level.  Zorro-style hats tied it all together.  A smart ¾ sleeve polka dot knee length shirt-dress was juxtaposed with black leather skinnies and a midriff-baring sweater to highlight his range.  A black and white tweed short-suit and coral dress-and-jacket combo were classic crowd pleasers  updated for the season.  A black and ivory shimmery ensemble of boy shorts, tank and cardigan was the perfect off-duty outfit for cool girls everywhere.  And then there were the gowns.  Body hugging, fish-tail silhouetted, ruffly concoctions in basic black and vibrant jewel tones rocked the show.  Streamlined, floor length sequined strapless numbers had their place too, as well as quiet and  softly ruffled frothy pastel looks.  Something for everyone… bravo!

via Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012 | Renowned Designers.

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Nigeria’s Duro Olowu Makes US Debut With Fall 2011 Line At NY Fashion Week

Nigerian-born designer Duro Olowu debuted his Fall 2011 collection as part of New York’s Fashion Week. It was his first-ever show in the United States and featured contrasting colors and textures, as well as a mix of prints.

The “Urban Gaucho” collection was inspired by Harlem’s Renaissance era and included silk print dresses, swing skirts, tweed jackets, cropped pants and wide-leg trousers.

“I’m always very inspired by women. I want to make clothes that woman can wear. And I hope that’s what I’ve done,” Olowu said. “I design for an independent spirit who want clothes that make her feel alluring.”

The collection debuted at Milk Studios on February 13, 2011.

via New York Fashion Week – Duro Olowu’s Fall 2011 Collection Pics | Hello Beautiful.

Nude Study

Nudes and fleshtones present an elegant alternative to this season’s rainbow brights

via Nude Study – fashion trend and tipson VOGUE.COM (Vogue.com UK).

Color Trends 2011: 6 You Can’t Miss!

With a new year comes all new everything to become obsessed with—that is, from a fashion perspective. And that always begins with rich, vibrant, turn-up-the-volume color. Along with silhouettes (long and lean ’70s!) and pattern du jour (Ikat!), spring 2011 color trends offer a perfect barometer for outfit planning in the coming months. What to pack up and what to move front-and-center in your bursting-at-the-seams closet.   And with the spring season already peeking its rose-tinted shades out from beneath the 3-foot drifts of snow, we’ve got the six hottest hues of the moment right here. Not just any orange, yellow, or blue…this season, classic brights are a whole lot more interesting. And if you’re wondering if white is really a color…well, this spring, it certainly is!

Pink: But not just any pink! Honeysuckle pink (a bright, almost reddish hue) was voted the color of the year by Pantone, and, as far as fashion goes, it showed up on miles of spring 2011 runways, from Jil Sander to Valentino to DKNY. This signature pink also loved to pair up with other brights like aqua and orange or offering some bold contrast to more neutral tones like khaki and sand.

Orange: The fashion Universe loves orange, and this spring 2011, it sprung up in a bushel of juicy hues like this mouth-watering persimmon shade, which we can’t get enough of.

Yellow: Yellow is often a tough shade for many women to pull off, but given the extremes it went to for spring, we’re willing to go there, despite the risks. Here, it ranged from a warm, buttery tone at Chanel to the palest, prettiest shades of chartreuse at Jason Wu and Proenza. In the spirit of the ’70s, modern shades of mustard emerged on the runways, too.

Blue: Truth be told, nothing gets more classic than blue, especially this spring’s offerings. Think a vibrant aqua, a dusty sky blue, and the richest navy (obsessed!) lead the trend pack. Surprise blue move of the moment: Sky blue was often paired with bright orange and rust to gorgeous effect…who knew?

Earth Tones: In a sharp contrast to all the spicier hues of spring, the season also welcomed a cool breeze of soothing, wearable earth-colored tones, from sand to a Santa Fe rusty red.

White: Yes, white is pretty much always a big color for spring and summer. But guess what? This spring 2011, it’s like the shade (or, non-shade!) of the moment. Going well beyond your go-to white trousers and bundle of white tank-tops, crisp, head-to-toe white, jackets, and gowns were all a major designer favorite. And we’re on board…totally.

via Color Trends- 2011 Color Trends for Spring 2011 at Refinery29.com.

Agua de Coco at Sao Paulo Spring/Summer 2011

via Agua de Coco at Sao Paulo Spring/Summer 2011 – Page 1 of 2 | iFashion Network.

Extreme Layering – The Trend This Winter

There is one fashion trend this year that is praised as the best – the extreme layering. The so called extreme layering was part of all major designers’ collection and represents a natural touch to your wardrobe.

The extreme layering winter clothing is fashionable and will keep you warm. In case you want to look trendy and modern, go for nomadic layering.

The nomadic layering represents carefree spirit and stylish appeal. Go for long knitted skirt; combine it with big knits or bigger coats and the ultra-long sock boots, which are the hit of the season.

The ponchos are also super modern. Another fashion combination is the fur coat with over-the knee boots and a mini knitted skirt.

The gypsy layering is eccentric too; therefore you can include more bright colors, combined with different fabrics: lace, satin and many others. The hats are also part of the hot layering trend.

Go for knitted hats with different patterns, if you want a more extravagant look. The fur hats are an absolute must for this trend, so pick one in dark violet color.

Remember that layering is also a matter of spirit, so experiment with the colors.

via Extreme Layering – The Trend This Winter | The Fashionables.

Sportmax S/S ’11 Advertising Campaign

via Sportmax S/S ’11 Advertising Campaign > Advertising > fashion pictures.