Ford’s Karmen Pedaru, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Valerija Kelava, and Julia Nobis are seen backstage at 330 West Street in Manhattan
Brenda Kranz, Karolina, and Kate King (Ford) are seen backstage at Lincoln Center for BCBG Max Azria S/S 2012.
Ford Women’s Damaris Lewis dances in a flash mob alongside Coco Rocha (Wilhelmina) at Macy’s for Fashion’s Night Out 2011.
If you were one of the many stylish mobile-uploaders at Macy’s Fashion’s Night Out event tonight, you’ve surely already hashtagged your way into the social-media sphere. If there’s one girl in the Twitterverse that understands the importance of buzz, it’s Ford Women’s Damaris Lewis (@DamarisLewis).
Max Azria took color-blocking to whimsical heights this season. The designer cut and pasted pops of color onto his chiffon and pleated-crepe pieces in the form of pockets, collars, and illusive waistlines. Cutout shoulders, layered hemlines, and deep V-necklines also created the geometric shaping evocative of block play. (Photos: Via Vogue.co.uk)
After several recession-induced seasons of restraint, designers are over playing it safe. Excess is in, but the best looks exude a cool control and a keen eye for tribal embellishment (think Navajo) and a print-on-print-on-print mix. But over-the-top doesn’t always mean more. Take the here-to-stay late-’90s trend: pared down, cropped short, excessively cool.
THE EXPERT: Makeup artist Sylwia Rakowska
THE CREDENTIALS: Rakowska’s work has appeared in magazines from Marie Claire and Japanese Vogue to Neue Mode and Spanish Elle. Celebrity clients include John Leguizamo, Winona Ryder, Olivia Wilde, and Alek Wek.
THE HOW-TO: “For a modern take on a mod eye, use a light, creamy eye shadow, like Laura Mercier’s metallic crème eye color in Platinum.
On The Loose
Valerija Kelava’s (Ford) sexy, skin-bearing dress in deep-sea cobalt gets made over for day. Belted and layered with a plaid shirt (lifted from a man friend, perhaps?) and paired with boyish oxfords and a tribal-print bag, it makes the perfect base for proportion and pattern play.