Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bow down designers, Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

I, like most people, anxiously await the Oscar de la Renta show. Mr Oscar blew me away again. The collection was classically elegant for his longtime clientele but there were also plenty of unexpectedly cool pieces for the younger kids. Lets just get to the fabulousness that is this collection and this designer!
I mean look at these separates. Could you imagine anyone else making latex tops and skirts look this good? Nope, probably not. The first two looks just are fantastic.
Then add in these feminine separates and the beauty continues.The third look can take you just about anywhere next spring. Not usually a fan of lace, but I can definitely cheer for these.
The second skirt is a great pattern and I love the shade of yellow in all these looks.
I love these pencil skirts! These looks can work for any age and the lady wearing them will be look stunning. Again, check out the latex.
Where the young ladies at? By young, I mean anyone brave enough to show off the gams. These are fun, flirty and still fancy.
Pick a favorite here? Nope, I can not do that. If completely forced I would go with the second. I love the lace pattern on this dress.
Sexy, Sexy, Sexy! These three gowns are all stunning. The first is my favorite with the perfect slit. I like how the third look covers her up but still is sexy. Normally I am not a fan of the sheer but it works on this dress.
The show is on now. The ball gowns hit the runway. The striped dress blew my socks off.
Here are the show stoppers! All four tie for my favorites of the show. They have nearly the same hem but all with a different fabric and bodice. I could not possibly pic a favorite. These Oscar de la Renta gowns will be all over the red carpet. 

I suggest finding a site that has photos of all the looks. There were many more, but I just had to narrow it down. So, bow down other designers, Sir Oscar just schooled the rest of fashion week. I really really hope Oscar de la Renta shows again in Nashville. 

Photos by Giovanni Giannoni

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Christian Siriano-MB Fashion Week Spring 2013

When the show began I had to keep asking myself, is this Christian Siriano's show? Then of course the gowns hit the runway and I knew where I was. Inspired by a recent performance of the American Ballet Theatre’s “The Dream,” Christian Siriano gave us a collection of pale pastels and polka dots. You could definitely see the ballerina inspiration but with a modern feel. 
I was in awe of these looks. The first one is just beautiful and very wearable. That jacket is also killer. Though none of these screamed the Christian we know, I am loving the Christian we are getting to know.
These little dresses do their job and well. I shockingly loved the polka dot looks.
Party dresses are always fun! Especially that middle one.
The first gown is just so effortless in movement, I could not take my eyes off it. Not taking away from the other two, which are beautiful.
Then we started getting back to the Christian Siriano we all know and love. These beautiful pearl encrusted looks, with their white feathers and tulle, got my attention. I love the third one.
And then there were gowns. When watching a Christian Siriano show you sit patiently watching all his lovely looks, holding your breathe until the gowns hit the runway. Again, he did not disappoint. Beautiful, just beautiful.
I must add my VERY favorite here. This dress was my favorite of the show. It encompassed his inspiration completely and I can see it on a red carpet. Great job on another great show! I hope you make it back to Nashville soon, Christian!

Spring 2013 - Images by: ImaxTree

Another team challenge! PR Ep 8

So, this week we got another team challenge. This time they did not get a budget, but had to work for their money. They were given t-shirts and arts & crafts paint. The designers were then sent out into the streets of NYC to sell the shirts. Even with this terrible part, last night’s episode was one of the better ones this season. Melissa, Fabio and Ven were on a team. Elana, Alicia and Dmitry were another, and Chris, Gunnar and Sonjia were the third. It seemed like another rigging of the teams. We all know about the hatred between Elana and Dmitry and the fact there is no love lost between Chris and Gunnar. Elana and Dmitry did not let the drama lovers down. They went at each other in the first minutes of the challenge. The surprising thing was Chris and Gunnar worked very well together. Let's get to the rundown.

Alicia Hardesty was stuck with Elana and Dmitry. With all their drama and such they put out a mess of a collection. They were obviously going to be in the bottom. Alicia made pants and and two tops, while Dmitry made an entire look and Elana made a coat. Alicia made a good pair of pants but the tops were just plain ole boring and not that great. Dmitry made his standard dress but then he made a fringe shaw that made no sense at all. Crazy Elana turned out her worst piece to date. This all led to goodbye Alicia. I really wanted her to be on a bit longer, but her designs were almost as boring as she was. I will miss that lil Kentuckian. 

Gunnar Deatherage got paired with Chris and Sonjia. This happens to be my three favorite designers of the season on one team. Gunnar got a close call last week and so he knew he had to step up his game. Chris and Sonjia both decided to go with one very complex piece each which allowed for Gunnar to put out two dresses. This team was the top team and for very good reason. Chris turned out a very unique twist on the classic camel trench and Sonjia produced a fantastic little jacket for the win. Gunnar's dresses were both pretty fantastic. They were totally in his wheelhouse and I was more than pleased with them. They were pretty covered up on the runway, but when we were able to finally see them I was excited. He was able to finally show how good he can be. Sonjia of course won and she did have the best piece of the episode.

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com