Top 5 Trends From Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week

February 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Caroline Foster
cfoster@smu.edu

Proenza Schouler demonstrated the use of bright color for Fall 2011. (PHOTO VIA STYLE.COM)


Another season of New York Fashion Week has come and gone, leaving the fashion-obsessed with a lot more time on their hands.
The Fall 2011 Ready- to- Wear collections are anything but dull. Recounting all of the trends from the week’s shows could take days, so let’s look at the top 5 fall trends that can easily be added to your wardrobe.

Come autumn don’t worry about being lost in a sea of drab neutrals. Designers used color frequently in their fall collections. Whether it’s pops of mustard yellow from the designing duo behind Proenza Schouler, or the rainbow of colors that were used in the L’Wren Scott collection, it’s clear this fall color will reign. The award for the most-seen hue goes to red. The vivid color was spotted at numerous shows including Altuzarra, Peter Som and Rachel Comey. The shade was also spotted at the Ralph Lauren show, in the form of evening wear. One model sported a floor-length red velvet one-shouldered numbered, and another wore a red velvet tuxedo-inspired jacket.

Sheer fabrics were used in everything from blouses to evening gowns. Gown by Marchesa. (PHOTO VIA STYLE.COM)


The next trend is quite the opposite of bold- it’s sheer fabrics. See-through tops, skirts and dresses prevailed at the Vera Wang show. Her sheer, pleated gowns don’t leave a lot to the imagination. Designer Adam Lippes of the line ADAM used the fabric in many of his collection’s blouses. Marchesa incorporated the trend in their evening gowns, giving sheer a less ethereal, more gothic effect.

Plaids rule the runway at Marc by Marc Jacobs. (PHOTO VIA STYLE.COM)


Bold patterns of all types will be hot for fall, with plaid leading the way. Plaid pants, jackets and suits were prevalent in designer Marc Jacob’s retro collection, Marc by Marc Jacobs. At Jason Woo a leaf print was used, while Thakoon showed that mixing prints can lead to one smart looking outfit. Of course, print master Diane von Furstenburg showed many patterned dresses. She opened her show a signature wrap dress, in a bold black and white pattern.

Belt-ing an evening gown? You bet. Dress by Yigal Azrouël. (PHOTO VIA STYLE.COM)


If you’re worried your figure could get lost in the layers of fall, don’t fret. Skinny belts are the accessory trend of fall 2011. New York Fashion Week king, Michael Kors, belted numerous looks in his collection. Everything from jumpsuits to trousers was given a tight squeeze around the waist with a thin belt. At the Ports 1961 show almost every look featured a skinny belt. Yigal Azrouël’s proved the skinny belt can work even on formal wear. He closed his show with a gold lamé evening gown, belted of course.

A fall collection can’t be complete without outerwear. Just like last season, reach for fur when the temperature drops. Whether it’s a vest like Elie Tahari showed this season, or last seasons cropped fur jacket, be prepared to pull your warmest fur out of storage. Catherine Malandrino’s grey hued furs were something special. But many designers like Rebecca Minkoff to Luca Luca proved the fur trend is here to stay for another season. Many designers used fur in unexpected ways. Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia presented a sequin shift dress that was embellished with a thick fur trim at the hem.

Leave it to New York Fashion Week designers to think outside of the box. They are always creating and re-creating trends, making it that much more fun for fashion followers to guess what they will do next.

Tech Blog: Marie Claire’s Fall Fashion App Falls Flat

December 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elizabeth Lowe

iPad Review: Marie Claire‘s “Fall Fashion A-Z”

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    Already an iPad cynic to begin with, I decided to try an app produced by one of my magazine mainstays.

    The Powerhouse Publication: Marie Claire (a Hearst publication)
    The App: “Fall Fashion A-Z”
    The Result: Unimpressive to say the least.

    Could an iPad app really change the way I experience one of my favorite publications? Would I really get more enjoyment from the digital version than my tangible coffee table staple?

    Marie Claire’s fashion app definitely provides a new experience for their fashionista readers. But it isn’t anything to jump up and down in your Louboutins about.

    With “Fall Fashion A-Z” readers can get a more graphically enhanced look at the latest fall trends. This type of editorial feature is usually in the front-of-book for Marie Claire in a clean, easy-flowing layout. The trends unfold page by page with one runway look and an array of similar pieces available for purchase.

    The app, however, comes off a little jumbled. I could see that Marie Claire was going for a fun, creative collage approach to display the content – but all that scrolling back, forth, up and down! It drives a classic page-turner like myself crazy.

    Let’s discuss the actual content and digital experience. All pieces in the editorial collage are “clickable,” linking the user to a letter in the alphabet and a set of clothing, shoes or accessories. Just like the usual front-of-book fashion layouts, these sets are accompanied by a runway look. Except on the iPad, it’s a video.

    The downside? The runway video is a continuous loop of one look in a collection. I would be impressed if I could watch the entire Marc Jacobs or Celine runway show to experience fall’s minimalist movement, for example. However, I get the same fulfillment looking at a photo of the runway look as I do watching it play repeatedly on my screen.

    This is just one example of room for improvement as Marie Claire makes the transition from print to iPad. Many aspects of the app gave me the exact same content as the magazine – editor’s favorites, pricing and store info, runway-to-street – just in a “clickable,” digital layout. There was no “new” content. It was barely multimedia-forward, with only the runway show video loops.

    To ditch my tangible and page-turner-friendly print version, Marie Claire will have to step up their game in the iPad app. The legacy publication is packed with fresh, in-the-know content on not only fashion, but also other aspects of culture and society. Its pages are full every month with the best shoes, society commentary, and inspiring features. With so much content, its organized page design still make the magazine highly engaging and easy to read.

    However, the iPad app fell short of what I usually enjoy about Marie Claire. This digital version (though only a piece of the Marie Claire sphere of content) is actually less content-packed and harder to read.

    Though I look forward to more digital publications by the Hearst legacy, I’ll stick to my paper version of Marie Claire for now.