Highlights from day 7 and 8 of New York Fashion Week:
While some of the Anna Sui Fall 2011 Collection seemed a bit subdued for Sui, her signature rocker chick was as sexy as ever. Her line always has the feel of a real girl, someone with moods and different ways of dressing on different days, and always a big personality. (Perhaps that chance to show some personality is why supermodel/social media darling Coco Rocha flew in from London exclusively for Sui's show.)
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s signature origami pleating, fantasy princess silhouettes, flawless draping, and elaborate hand embroidery were this season accompanied by deconstructed layers of fabric, frayed hems, shredded fabrics, and dusted with powder crystals to tie into the deteriorating beauty of Miss Havisham, which served as this season's Fall 2011 Marchesa inspiration. While deteriorating beauty is about the last thing that comes to mind when looking at the breathtaking couture-like creations that the duo created, it was one of the few instances where you could truly see a brand take an inspiration point and make it their own.
The Elie Tahari Fall 2011 Collection was a presentation of extravagantly rich and decadent clothing. Typically known for sleek office wear, this collection does not belong in a cubicle. The monochromatic tailored pieces were designed in fur, lace, velvet, and a variety of silk fabrications.
By now, neon is far from original, but no one worked the trend with as much finesse as Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez did with their Spring 2011 collection. While this season’s collection didn’t quite bring that same neon bang, it brought in pops of brightly saturated shades of orange, red, and turquoise, amidst a darker brown, black, and burned yellow palette making for some stunningly eye-catching Fall 2011 looks that only got more captivating as the show progressed – that is, aside from a duo of fringe skirts that, mid-way, stole the show.