Friday, September 7, 2012

New York Fashion Week - Spring 2013 - USA TODAY

  • Leather and lace? That's always a good way to get a Thursday morning started, especially the first day of New York Fashion Week. And we have designer Max Azria to thank for the floaty dresses with a good girl/bad girl vibe that came down the runway at BCBG. Click ahead for our full report from Day 1 of the event. - Donna Freydkin

  • The vibe of the collection: young, edgy, ethereal. Some of the frocks could double as lingerie, given the detailing and the embroidery. Designer Max Azria got his inspiration from the black-and-white photos of Helmut Newton, evidenced by the color palette of the outfits.

  • The looks were slinky and sexy, accented with ankle-cuff round-toe pumps. In particular, we noted the line’s black and dusty pink silk crepe printed shirt dress, a black leather denim jacket, and lavender mist crepe shirt dress.
  • “It’s what the modern woman wants to be or has to be. The No. 1 color we believe in strongly is black. You look around the room and 75% of the women wear black. We also have white and very basic American colors like blue and dusty pinks,” said Azria.

    Is there a celebrity he’d love to dress that he hasn’t clothed yet? “No. We dress everyone,” said Azria.

  • Reality starlet turned designer Whitney Port, far right, was almost eclipsed by newly minted Cosmo editor Joanna Coles, who fielded countless hugs from well-wishers. Also present, from left: Cory Kennedy, Sanya Richards-Ross and DJ Kiss.
  • Paprika Chantilly lace. Blue lagoon chiffon. Embellished florals.

    Tadashi Shoji's creations were all about color, and lots of it. Reds and creams and blues, all manifested in gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ladylike frocks. His latest collection was based on the concept of the modern Silk Road. "It has elements of Venice and lace and Persian carpets and prints," said Shoji. "All those things are mixed in."

    --Donna Freydkin

  • The makeup was as subdued as the clothes were vivid. "The inspiration was a modern take on East meets West. To me that means a lot of color, so I did the opposite of that. To me it was about the skin," said MAC senior makeup artist Luc Bouchard.

  • Shoji's dresses are worn by slews of stars, but perhaps no one is more loyal than Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who told us at one event that Tadashi Shoji dressed her when she was a nobody and she never forgot that. She wore him to the Academy Awards. "Oh, we've become friends. We are good friends," says Shoji.

  • One of his proudest moments was when Spencer won her golden guy for The Help and gave Shoji a major shout-out. "She really appreciated what I did," he said.

  • What does it take to create a frothy frock that makes a woman feel like a million bucks? "It takes about four months," says Shoji, a quiet, understated guy.

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