Badgley Mischka Runway Review
By Erycah Taylor
Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2012 collection conjures up smoky images of a pre-Depression America, where Prohibition helped feed both the gin-starved in back-alley bars and the flapper fashion revolution.
The collection features a plethora of figure-skimming dresses in warm metallic hues that ooze of stately, powerful old glamour that is seldom seen nowadays. With so many vintage-inspired pieces in this collection, it would seem difficult to keep the line from looking like they’d been pulled from a period piece on Broadway; however, Badgley Mischka somehow keeps it totally new and modern, possibly due to a few futuristic, cut-out necklines here and there.
The ’20s theme was also echoed in the Fall 2012 Marc Jacobs collection, which boasted a gorgeous fur stole and an outrageous fuchsia dress with a matching top hat worthy of the Mad Hatter himself. The vintage silhouettes in this New York Fashion Week bring back the look of sophisticated, classy women that society has long since ‘forgotten. The ‘Roaring Twenties’ look is definitely coming back with a full roar, and I, for one, am extremely excited to see what this trend has in store for fashion.
(Images via Style.com)

Badgley Mischka Runway Review

By Erycah Taylor

Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2012 collection conjures up smoky images of a pre-Depression America, where Prohibition helped feed both the gin-starved in back-alley bars and the flapper fashion revolution.

The collection features a plethora of figure-skimming dresses in warm metallic hues that ooze of stately, powerful old glamour that is seldom seen nowadays. With so many vintage-inspired pieces in this collection, it would seem difficult to keep the line from looking like they’d been pulled from a period piece on Broadway; however, Badgley Mischka somehow keeps it totally new and modern, possibly due to a few futuristic, cut-out necklines here and there.

The ’20s theme was also echoed in the Fall 2012 Marc Jacobs collection, which boasted a gorgeous fur stole and an outrageous fuchsia dress with a matching top hat worthy of the Mad Hatter himself. The vintage silhouettes in this New York Fashion Week bring back the look of sophisticated, classy women that society has long since ‘forgotten. The ‘Roaring Twenties’ look is definitely coming back with a full roar, and I, for one, am extremely excited to see what this trend has in store for fashion.

(Images via Style.com)

New York Breeze 
By Amanda Landaverde
The crisp New York breeze blows against her face as she meanders down the city sidewalks. Red-orange ombré strands of hair wave in the wind as her updo struggles to contain her fiery hair. Clusters of stars spinning about in space seem to just appear on her navy blue shirt, while her galactic tee completes the ensemble, drawing your attention in from the start. The people of New York walking past her stop their busy lives to catch a glimpse of the galaxy they live in on her shirt before inspecting the rest of the items she’s paired it with.
 “Yeah she’s fashionable, but how is she not freezing?” says one of them as her white-collared shirt peeps out from beneath her tee, letting the bewildered New Yorkers know, “Hey, I know it’s cold. Look, I’m layering!”
Whether or not layering actually keeps her warm is a different story. A collar wouldn’t be complete with a tie or ornament of sorts, so she tops it off with a chain of silver crosses. If you thought she was a vampire only because of her red hair and red lips, you are wrong.
As she looks toward the sky, the sun tells her it’s almost noon, so she purses her deep red, almost-maroon lips in worry as she begins to move faster, drawing more attention to herself. Her ox blood crushed velvet leggings brush against each other as her quick steps carry her to an unknown destination. Her black creepers silently hit the sidewalk, but her array of bracelets make a pleasant jingle as they hit against each other, clanging in the wind.
Finally, you begin to notice the smaller accessories that complete her outfit as she walks closer and closer, almost passing you. She accidentally makes eye contact and timidly hides her face away in her chocolate-brown frames. You look down and see she has a ring on almost every finger on her left hand—a dulled silver thumb ring about a ¼-inch thick, a ½-inch worn-silver ring on her index, and another silver ring on her middle finger. She has a left hand full of silver knuckles, however, her right hand wields no jewelry. This asymmetry creates an unusual balance; if she had been wearing jewelry on her right hand, she would be wearing too much jewelry to handle.
She passes you and begins to walk into the distance, crossing the street. The probability of seeing her again is low, but you can always hope to catch a peak of another one of her outfits.
Overall, her outfit is a mixture of grunge and clean-cut details. Her creepers scream of edge, but her leggings and blouse beg to differ. The look is wonderful, even though she is wearing leggings as pants—a fashion faux pas associated with teenage girls. This gal is redeemed by the fact that her leggings are ox blood-hued velvet, and her shirt is long enough to be a tunic.
(Image via Lookbook.nu)

New York Breeze

By Amanda Landaverde

The crisp New York breeze blows against her face as she meanders down the city sidewalks. Red-orange ombré strands of hair wave in the wind as her updo struggles to contain her fiery hair. Clusters of stars spinning about in space seem to just appear on her navy blue shirt, while her galactic tee completes the ensemble, drawing your attention in from the start. The people of New York walking past her stop their busy lives to catch a glimpse of the galaxy they live in on her shirt before inspecting the rest of the items she’s paired it with.

 “Yeah she’s fashionable, but how is she not freezing?” says one of them as her white-collared shirt peeps out from beneath her tee, letting the bewildered New Yorkers know, “Hey, I know it’s cold. Look, I’m layering!”

Whether or not layering actually keeps her warm is a different story. A collar wouldn’t be complete with a tie or ornament of sorts, so she tops it off with a chain of silver crosses. If you thought she was a vampire only because of her red hair and red lips, you are wrong.

As she looks toward the sky, the sun tells her it’s almost noon, so she purses her deep red, almost-maroon lips in worry as she begins to move faster, drawing more attention to herself. Her ox blood crushed velvet leggings brush against each other as her quick steps carry her to an unknown destination. Her black creepers silently hit the sidewalk, but her array of bracelets make a pleasant jingle as they hit against each other, clanging in the wind.

Finally, you begin to notice the smaller accessories that complete her outfit as she walks closer and closer, almost passing you. She accidentally makes eye contact and timidly hides her face away in her chocolate-brown frames. You look down and see she has a ring on almost every finger on her left hand—a dulled silver thumb ring about a ¼-inch thick, a ½-inch worn-silver ring on her index, and another silver ring on her middle finger. She has a left hand full of silver knuckles, however, her right hand wields no jewelry. This asymmetry creates an unusual balance; if she had been wearing jewelry on her right hand, she would be wearing too much jewelry to handle.

She passes you and begins to walk into the distance, crossing the street. The probability of seeing her again is low, but you can always hope to catch a peak of another one of her outfits.

Overall, her outfit is a mixture of grunge and clean-cut details. Her creepers scream of edge, but her leggings and blouse beg to differ. The look is wonderful, even though she is wearing leggings as pants—a fashion faux pas associated with teenage girls. This gal is redeemed by the fact that her leggings are ox blood-hued velvet, and her shirt is long enough to be a tunic.

(Image via Lookbook.nu)

Trend Reporting
By Hedda Carney
Part I: 
She struts down the street like she owns the place, and in those colors, she definitely does. From her messy ballerina bun extending down her black and ankle-strapped platform shoes, this woman obviously has some serious style. She’s pulling some influence from the uber-cute fifties era. This is shown through her high-waist, calf-length skirt and winged eye makeup. She carefully combines this fifties look with a menswear-inspired blazer and white collared shirt. To give it some modern flair, she tops it off with a fitted blazer.
This is a hot style you might see me rock while walking down the streets of San Francisco. I’d describe the style as modern, fifties-inspired prep, and it just screams sexy-smart-chic. Scouring stacks of trendy magazines, my fashion taste buds tingle.
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Part II:  
From Prada to Dolce & Gabbana, I always seem to find an amazing retro-inspired outfit that I wish was in my closet. It really inspires me to see great mix-and-matchings.
By artfully styling a fifties-inspired circle skirt with a preppy Peter Pan collar poking out of a fitted knit sweater, you can turn a cute outfit into a designer-like, expensive-looking ensemble in minutes. When thinking about my personal style, Audrey Hepburn comes to mind. She pairs feminine and masculine pieces together so perfectly. I often like to add my own twist by throwing in something unexpected like studs or leather.
In fact, one of my favorite outfits is made up of a feminine, sleeveless dress with velvet leggings and a leather motorcycle jacket. My only hope is that at some point in my life, I’ll have a fashion sense as wonderful as someone like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, or Elizabeth Taylor.
(Images via Fashionfinder.asos.com)

Trend Reporting

By Hedda Carney

Part I:

She struts down the street like she owns the place, and in those colors, she definitely does. From her messy ballerina bun extending down her black and ankle-strapped platform shoes, this woman obviously has some serious style. She’s pulling some influence from the uber-cute fifties era. This is shown through her high-waist, calf-length skirt and winged eye makeup. She carefully combines this fifties look with a menswear-inspired blazer and white collared shirt. To give it some modern flair, she tops it off with a fitted blazer.

This is a hot style you might see me rock while walking down the streets of San Francisco. I’d describe the style as modern, fifties-inspired prep, and it just screams sexy-smart-chic. Scouring stacks of trendy magazines, my fashion taste buds tingle.

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Part II: 

From Prada to Dolce & Gabbana, I always seem to find an amazing retro-inspired outfit that I wish was in my closet. It really inspires me to see great mix-and-matchings.

By artfully styling a fifties-inspired circle skirt with a preppy Peter Pan collar poking out of a fitted knit sweater, you can turn a cute outfit into a designer-like, expensive-looking ensemble in minutes. When thinking about my personal style, Audrey Hepburn comes to mind. She pairs feminine and masculine pieces together so perfectly. I often like to add my own twist by throwing in something unexpected like studs or leather.

In fact, one of my favorite outfits is made up of a feminine, sleeveless dress with velvet leggings and a leather motorcycle jacket. My only hope is that at some point in my life, I’ll have a fashion sense as wonderful as someone like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, or Elizabeth Taylor.

(Images via Fashionfinder.asos.com)

Betsey Johnson Runway Review 
By Isabelle Calderon
I really loved all the collections from New York Fashion Week, but, above all, Betsey Johnson captured my eye the most. I loved seeing all the outfits she put together, and it was real eye candy for me.
Her line was decked out with florals, neon, lace, and all kinds of sheer dresses and jackets. The flowery prints were very girly, but the leather and neon accessories gave it some edge, making it seem a little tougher. Most of the dresses were solid colors, which I liked, but I expected more than just hot pink and bright, sun-yellow pieces.
I enjoyed some of the other dresses a bit more because of their blinging details, giving them a little more texture. Overall, I loved the collection and I’m a huge fan of Johnson’s dresses. When I saw them, I wasn’t surprised to feel like buying one as soon as I get my hands on some money!
(Images via Style.com)

Betsey Johnson Runway Review

By Isabelle Calderon

I really loved all the collections from New York Fashion Week, but, above all, Betsey Johnson captured my eye the most. I loved seeing all the outfits she put together, and it was real eye candy for me.

Her line was decked out with florals, neon, lace, and all kinds of sheer dresses and jackets. The flowery prints were very girly, but the leather and neon accessories gave it some edge, making it seem a little tougher. Most of the dresses were solid colors, which I liked, but I expected more than just hot pink and bright, sun-yellow pieces.

I enjoyed some of the other dresses a bit more because of their blinging details, giving them a little more texture. Overall, I loved the collection and I’m a huge fan of Johnson’s dresses. When I saw them, I wasn’t surprised to feel like buying one as soon as I get my hands on some money!

(Images via Style.com)

Jason Wu Runway Review
By Maddie Felder
Jason Wu’s Fall collection showcases his designing strengths via ladylike and figure-flattering clothing, while still adding Asia-inspired flare and a pop of grit. Vibrant reds and subdued blue-grays pop atop intricate designs, making his collection one that stands out among others at this NYFW.
His models are by no means ugly, but high ponytail styles tend to flatter more angular jawlines than the soft round shapes of their faces. It would have been nice to see a topknot or a more complementary hairstyle to add to the collection’s appeal.
The accessories were mostly spot on. The studded bags and dark gloves combined well, but did not overpower his designs. The only off-putting accessory was a strange, red-tasseled hat that looked more at home on a bullfighter than an haute couture model.Not everything was perfect—some of the clothing, such as the overly feathered skirts and the aforementioned hat stood out. The military-inspired jackets and the beautifully patterned dresses also seemed a bit out of place among some of the more lovely pieces. Wu’s line combined risk taking looks with his signature, beautiful style. Some collections can be too over the top, almost unrecognizable as the designer’s creations, but with Wu’s collection, the overall look stays true to his designing aesthetic.
The first half of his collection began with an array of blues and grays in subdued hues that can look boring when admired by a dull eye, but intricate gold patterns and high collars made them look fresh. After the blues came patterned dresses paired with stiff jackets and studded handbags, the dresses fitting seamlessly into the collection. Next came vibrant reds overlain with red lace and detailed with pointy sleeves. The red tops Wu paired with pink-and-black skirts worked well, too. This collection had a good mix of pants, jackets, skirts and dresses and his final look was a flowing navy dress with a jacket that matched perfectly.
Movie stars love Jason Wu and his ready-to-wear fashions. From Glee star Lea Michele to Oscar-hopeful Michelle Williams, his fashions have appeared on everyone with good taste. Jason Wu’s clothes seem to look good on every body type—surely, one of the reasons they are so popular.His new collection for Target is gorgeous and budget-friendly. The tops are bright, the dresses sweet, and everything costs between $30-45. Wu’s clothes are always good-looking—from the runway to Target, he always puts on a show.
(Images via Style.com)

Jason Wu Runway Review

By Maddie Felder

Jason Wu’s Fall collection showcases his designing strengths via ladylike and figure-flattering clothing, while still adding Asia-inspired flare and a pop of grit. Vibrant reds and subdued blue-grays pop atop intricate designs, making his collection one that stands out among others at this NYFW.

His models are by no means ugly, but high ponytail styles tend to flatter more angular jawlines than the soft round shapes of their faces. It would have been nice to see a topknot or a more complementary hairstyle to add to the collection’s appeal.

The accessories were mostly spot on. The studded bags and dark gloves combined well, but did not overpower his designs. The only off-putting accessory was a strange, red-tasseled hat that looked more at home on a bullfighter than an haute couture model.

Not everything was perfect—some of the clothing, such as the overly feathered skirts and the aforementioned hat stood out. The military-inspired jackets and the beautifully patterned dresses also seemed a bit out of place among some of the more lovely pieces. Wu’s line combined risk taking looks with his signature, beautiful style. Some collections can be too over the top, almost unrecognizable as the designer’s creations, but with Wu’s collection, the overall look stays true to his designing aesthetic.

The first half of his collection began with an array of blues and grays in subdued hues that can look boring when admired by a dull eye, but intricate gold patterns and high collars made them look fresh. After the blues came patterned dresses paired with stiff jackets and studded handbags, the dresses fitting seamlessly into the collection. Next came vibrant reds overlain with red lace and detailed with pointy sleeves. The red tops Wu paired with pink-and-black skirts worked well, too. This collection had a good mix of pants, jackets, skirts and dresses and his final look was a flowing navy dress with a jacket that matched perfectly.

Movie stars love Jason Wu and his ready-to-wear fashions. From Glee star Lea Michele to Oscar-hopeful Michelle Williams, his fashions have appeared on everyone with good taste. Jason Wu’s clothes seem to look good on every body type—surely, one of the reasons they are so popular.

His new collection for Target is gorgeous and budget-friendly. The tops are bright, the dresses sweet, and everything costs between $30-45. Wu’s clothes are always good-looking—from the runway to Target, he always puts on a show.

(Images via Style.com)