Ambient Noise

Richard Chai Love S/S 2012, New York Fashion Week (photos from style.com)

Firstly, I’d like to say that I wish blue and purple lips could be a thing. I really do. Unfortunately, it’s just something that only works on runways or maybe in the offices of fashion publications. I loved the bright-colored floral prints. And more cut-out shoulders! This was a thing in yesterday’s shows, clearly. And more hot pants! Not so successful were the aprons over pants. I commend Richard Chai for trying something different, but no. Just no. This even makes the model’s hips look wide. 

I’m still loving all these bright florals for spring. I’ve always loved wearing bold colors, so I’m glad to see it’ll still be around for next spring.

Rebecca Taylor Spring/Summer 2012, New York Fashion Week (images from style.com)

Everything is starting to run together a bit now. I felt like there were too many trends all at once on this runway. Bright neons. Lace. Snakeskin prints. Bright gold metallic sandals. And lots of sheer. Not bad, but for the everyday, non-fashionista, one would need to be careful how to wear things from this collection. Should come with a warning label: Do not wear all of these things at once unless you want to look cray-cray. Also was not a fan of the slicked-back hair. I felt it didn’t fit right with the clothing. A lot of it was loose and sheer, and the opposite of uptight. Slicked back hair has always just looked uptight and greasy to me. But what do I know? I did enjoy the seafoam green nail polish and the bright eyeshadow. I only really liked dresses from this show, like the black dress with the floral pattern above, the blue cloud-like print, and the patchwork-esque silky grey/blue dress. The neon, snakeskin prints, and weird black lace I could do without.

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2012, New York Fashion Week (images from style.com)

Loved the KAWS prints, and the bold bright red lips and nails. I always love the ladylike aesthetic at Jason Wu shows. Seeing lots more loose flowy dresses over all the runways now. And hot pants (they’re trying to dub them ‘sport shorts’, but ladies, let’s call them what they are)! Apparently they want to make this happen. They only work if you are A) at the pool or beach,  or B) are a blogger like the Man Repeller. That’s pretty much it. And anyone with American thighs will not look good in them. The voluminous dresses at the end of the show were just shy of looking a little prairie-ish with the skirts, but I think it worked. And starlets love these kind of dresses because they get to show off their footwear.

Luca Luca Spring/Summer 2012, New York Fashion Week (images from style.com)

Things I liked:

  • More color blocking with bright colors
  • Flowy but well-fitted dresses
  • Soft and pretty hair, with bright berry pink lips
  • Pop-art-like floral in the first few looks
  • Shoes! Loved these shoes.
  • 50’s inspired high-waisted pants

Things I could do without:

  • Turbans. These are difficult to pull off in real life without your hair puffing up on top, making you look super crazy.
  • Glitter. I’ve never been a fan.
  • A few things were starting to skew a bit disco-y.

Trends I am noticing, BIG TIME:

  • Cobalt blue. It is here. And is not going anywhere.
  • Colorblocking, continued from past seasons.
  • Cut-out shoulders. Did all the designers have a meeting or something? Almost every show I’ve seen live-streamed has cut-out shoulders, aka ‘Cold shoulders’. It’s pretty, and definitely a trend, but I’m not convinced I wouldn’t be super annoyed by a strip of fabric restricting my arm movements.
  • Bright colors and florals, but when is that not in for spring? I’m not sure if this is so much a trend as a mainstay. As Miranda from Sex and the City once said, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” in her best sarcastic voice.

Peter Som, New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 (photos from style.com)

Things I love and am glad to see:

  • Bright colors, often color-blocked
  • Big bold floral prints
  • 50’s inspired bathing suits and pants (high waisted bottoms look flattering on almost everyone, when done right)
  • Platform shoes (Charlotte Olympia, in this show) still going strong (phew, glad I didn’t spend all that money on those only to have them go out next season)
  • Big round Jackie-O sunglasses (by Linda Farrow)

Things I could do without:

  • Drop waists. They do not look good on anyone over a size 0 whose hip measurement is larger than their waist measurement.
  • Mod fringed 60s dresses
  • Why do so many designers put models in sheer clothing with no undergarments/linings? Annoying. Women can’t wear sheer clothes out and about with their boobs showing. So you shouldn’t have it in a ready-to-wear show either. Just a pet peeve that almost every designer does, grrr.

Pretty clear the inspiration in this was 1960s. I know a lot of people are getting sick of florals, but it’s SPRING for crying out loud. There will always be florals in spring. I really liked this collection. Especially all of the cobalt blue looks. And the bathing suits! Wish I could afford.

evachen212:

the finale @richardchaiNY. I absolutely loved the color palette

This streamed live on www.youtube.com/liverunway. The color palette and patterns were great! Not so sure about the apron-like skirts over pants. Looks good on skinny models. Probably not so good on women with any sort of curve to their hips.

evachen212:

the finale @richardchaiNY. I absolutely loved the color palette

This streamed live on www.youtube.com/liverunway. The color palette and patterns were great! Not so sure about the apron-like skirts over pants. Looks good on skinny models. Probably not so good on women with any sort of curve to their hips.

My second go-round with Chanel Mimosa turned out FAR better than the first. Proves that technique and using proper base coats are important to achieving a good finish. I switched to Butter London’s base and top coat, which are 3-free, like this polish. Last time I used old-recipe CND Stickey, which has the big 3 in it. So I don’t think it played nicely with the Chanel polish. Also not having a tacky base coat (which Stickey is designed to be, hence the name) let the polish glide more easily all the way to my tips without having to use really thick coats to counteract the stickiness. I let each coat dry really well before adding the next (I used 3 coats total) and had no drag or bubbles. It even ended up non-streaky and really leveled out on its own. Yay!

My second go-round with Chanel Mimosa turned out FAR better than the first. Proves that technique and using proper base coats are important to achieving a good finish. I switched to Butter London’s base and top coat, which are 3-free, like this polish. Last time I used old-recipe CND Stickey, which has the big 3 in it. So I don’t think it played nicely with the Chanel polish. Also not having a tacky base coat (which Stickey is designed to be, hence the name) let the polish glide more easily all the way to my tips without having to use really thick coats to counteract the stickiness. I let each coat dry really well before adding the next (I used 3 coats total) and had no drag or bubbles. It even ended up non-streaky and really leveled out on its own. Yay!

I desperately need this most perfect pair of red wintry Chie Mihara booties in my life. So so so so much. Only problem: they cost $388. Nooooooooooo.I will splurge $200 on a pair of good shoes. But this is just so over budget that even I cannot justify spending that much.
Instead I will creepily stalk them until they go on sale. STALK STALK STALK!

I desperately need this most perfect pair of red wintry Chie Mihara booties in my life. So so so so much. Only problem: they cost $388. Nooooooooooo.
I will splurge $200 on a pair of good shoes. But this is just so over budget that even I cannot justify spending that much.

Instead I will creepily stalk them until they go on sale. STALK STALK STALK!