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Window Watching: NYC Fall 2012 Trends

I am interrupting my regularly scheduled Panama posts for a fall  fashion post.  As stated previously, I love trend-spotting and I wanted to share some styles I’ve noticed lately in NYC store windows:

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Polka dots – this classic print is featured in the windows of the more feminine and conservative stores (Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, etc…).

Autumn tones – forest green, camel, orange, deep red, burnt sienna, and brown are the oh, so seasonally appropriate colors for everything from shirts to pants.

Fur vests – I am m not in love with this look, but they are all over.

Leather, leather, leather – Leather EVERYTHING!  Leather jackets, particularly motorcycle jackets are super hot right now, as are leather pants, leather skirts, leather tops, etc….

Studding – studded shoes, studded bags, studded shirts, studs continue to be omnipresent!

Animal prints – not my taste, but still popular for shoes and bags.


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Window Watching: NYC Spring Trends

Sometimes I feel like I live in a mall…not that I’m complaining (though I did prefer it when there were more boutiques and less large chain stores around NYC).  One benefit to living in such an environment is that I’m constantly window-shopping and trend spotting.  Here are the most popular styles now:

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  • Espadrilles – the timeless summer shoe is back, year after year.
  • Bright colors, particularly neons – extremely popular, but I wouldn’t invest heavily unless you desire to look like a highlighter.
  • Coral dresses – this orange/red color is being shown for all dresses, from gowns to shifts.  I bought a coral day dress last year at Anne Taylor Loft and I find it funny that they are selling a dress of the same color and fabric this season, but in a slightly different cut.  It’s either still really popular or they bought too much fabric.
  • Navy and white-stripped dresses, shirts, etc. – not flattering on most, but very classic and very French!
  • Lace dresses – long and elegant or short and cute!

*This post may be followed up with a street style post at some point in the future.

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12 Days in Paris: BONUS – French Fashion Trends!

You may have noticed that there were many references to walking around and checking out boutiques. Although I bought very little, I loved seeing the trends for fall/winter. Animal prints and ballet flats were everywhere!  Sometimes combined!  I also found it amusing to see antique-style shoes after attending the exhibit at Versailles on the influence of 18th century fashion on modern designers.  I tried to capture the interesting windows, but it was hard because of glass reflections. Below are the successes from that effort, now a bit outdated, but winter is still with us…

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Fashion Week – Part II – Hervé Léger Show!

the photographer's pit and crowds before the show

the photographer’s pit and crowds before the show

Hervé Léger was a little disappointing.  The only celebs were teen stars, which didn’t interest me (Michelle Trachtenberg, Sophia Bush, Jessica Stroup).  Hervé Léger is known for bandage style dresses that the designer copied from Azzedine Alaia (anyone remember when Cher Harowitz in Clueless is held up and refuses to lay on the ground because she’s wearing an Alaïa?).  Max Azria designs the line now, in addition to his own line and BCBG.

Audience members in typical Hervé Léger dresses

Audience members in typical Hervé Léger dresses


Instead of the usual bright colors, the show featured muted tones of Brown and dark green.  There was also a lot of black, which is said to be making a come back because of the recession (though it never went out of style for some of us).  Two models fell because they couldn’t walk in the absurdly high heels.

the Promenade is the smallest venue

the Promenade is the smallest venue of the three tents

sorry this is out of focus, but you get the idea...

sorry this is out of focus, but you can get the idea…


I was seated at a bad angle for photos :(

I was seated at a bad angle for photos 😦


Max Azria

Max Azria

Front Row – Check out Bill Cunningham of the NYTimes “On the Street” column, ?, ?, Julia Allison and Mary Rambing “Life Casting”

Front Row – Check out Bill Cunningham of the NYTimes “On the Street” column, ?, ?, Julia Allison and Mary Rambing “Life Casting”


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Fashion Week Part I – Inside the Tents

Front Row - Fall 2008

Front Row – Fall 2008

Sorry, this post is a bit outdated, but I had a busy week!

My parents are both photographers, so I have been attending Fashion Week for as long as I can remember (my mother actually threatened a PR woman that she would give birth to me on the runway if she was not give a seat at a show because she was working right up until she had me).  This year I could only go to one show because I had so much school work 😦  I picked Hervé Léger because I love the clothes and I thought there would be some good celeb sightings.  Before reviewing the show, I want to do a walk through the tents for those of you who have never been to Fashion Week.

Spring 2009 Collections (last fall)

Spring 2009 Collections (last fall)

Fashion Week is held in three tents in Bryant Park (the Promenade, the Tent, and the Salon).


Crowds waiting to spot celebs

Crowds waiting to spot celebs


the lobby can get zooish

the lobby can get zooish

Mercedes-Benz is the official sponsor of Fashion Week, so there are always cars at both sides of the lobby entrance.  They are random and ignored by the crowds, but I have sat on the carpeted areas to regroup/people watch when the cafe is full.  You can pick up an unlimited number of free fashion and news publications in the lobby.


Mattel was a sponsor this year, so there was a huge Barbie at Fifty display in the center or the room, which also has TV monitors where you can watch shows if you didn’t make it in (you will also have a better view of the show from the screens than inside).


The Council of Fashion Designers of America (“CFDA”) Health Initiative booth is notorious for being empty.  I decided to stop by and see what they had to offer.  They were giving out Renfrew Center brochures and selling yoga mats for $40. along with some not so attractive scarves and other accessories.  While I think it’s well intentioned, I can’t see the booth having any effect on the industry, but maybe I’m just being harsh.


Other sponsors have booths around the lobby where they usually give out free products.  There is always a coffee sponsor, which in the past has been Nespresso or La Columbe (my personal favorite).  This year’s caffeine fix was provided by McD’s, which is a sign of the times.  Although I am not a fan of the chain, I give them credit for having the most generous selection of free coffee drinks I’ve ever seen.  In addition to plain coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes, they had special drinks and a variety of syrups you could add.  I skipped the special drinks in lieu of iced espresso, but it was decent.


The barista's shirts were hilarious!

The barista’s shirts were hilarious!

For the past few years you could design your own Havaianas at the Havaiana booth.  There was always a ridiculously long line so after the first year I never bothered getting them (I also prefer Reefs because cotton breaths better than plastic).  This year instead of doing something so time intensive, they had a wheel that you could spin for a Havaiana’s key chain or a bag of jelly candy.  I skipped it.


MAC is a sponsor and in the past they have done make up touch ups at their booth.  This year there was just a sign.


Tresemmé is also a sponsor and was giving out free products and styling at their booth.


The Witchcraft Cafe is the only place to find food in the tents unless you’re backstage at a show where they have catering.  Although I initially thought the sandwiches were overpriced, I had the best tuna sandwich ever there and it was huge, so it was worth the cost (although I would have preferred it to be smaller and less money).


Next to the cafe is the best booth, which is the open bar that starts after 5:00.  It is well taken advantage of by all.

the bar

Free bar


People watching is the BEST part of Fashion Week

People watching is my favorite part of Fashion Week

more interestingly dressed people

More interestingly dressed people

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