Getting in the Spirit of Fashion Week: S/S 2012

Since I first started my blog back in 2009, it’s become a tradition for me to revisit the “best of” each fashion week before the new season starts. Yesterday was the 1 month mark until Spring/Summer 2012 NYFW begins. To help build excitement, here are some of my favorite shots from the f/w ’11 shows:

OSCAR DE LA RENTA FALL 2011 (74)
Oscar de la Renta

JEREMY LAING FALL 2011 (2)
Jeremy Laing

OSCAR DE LA RENTA FALL 2011 (57)
Oscar de la Renta

VENA CAVA FALL 2011 (39)
Vena Cava

RACHEL COMEY FALL 2011- BACKSTAGE (5)
Rachel Comey

UNITED BAMBOO FALL 2011 (7)
United Bamboo

THE LAKE & THE STARS FALL 2011 (5)
The Lake & The Stars

Jen Kao Fall 2011 (4)
Jen Kao

OSCAR DE LA RENTA FALL 2011 (27)
Oscar de la Renta

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Karen Walker Fall/Winter 2011

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (109)

England’s Northern Soul music scene– in particular the Dexys Midnight Runners album “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”, and the Wigan Casino nightclub– were heavy influences on Karen Walker’s Fall 2011 collection, entitled “North”.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (1)

The hair carried the same heavy retro late 70’s influence, yet managed to stay fresh and modern. Lead stylist Rolando Beauchamp for Bumble and Bumble created the look inspired by the Dexys Midnight Runners song “Come on Eileen”.

Karen Walker Fall 2011

Hair was slicked back on top. Gellac was used to used to create a wet, swept back look on the sides. Hair was defrizzed, and finished with Spray de Mode hairspray. The soft rockabilly look was topped off with knit black beanies worn by the models.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (2)

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (10)
Rolando at work.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (3)
Spray de Mode and Gellac.

The finished look:
Karen Walker Fall 2011 (13)

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (17)

Angi Wingle for CND led the team of nail technicians, and created a “hazy and soft” matte black look for nails.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (36)

Blackjack, and opaque black polish, was used. Followed by Super Matte top coat to create a nail that looked more like fabric. To achieve the look (and extend the life of your nail color!) Angi recommends the following: Start by using CND’s Scrub Fresh to clean the nail’s surface. Coat nails with a thin layer of Stickey Base Coat, to help prevent chipping. Follow with Solar Oil to nourish nails. Complete the process by coating nails with two thin layers of Blackjack, and after drying, Super Matte top coat.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (31)

Angi believes that nails are “an accessory”, and that even in this harsh economic client all women can afford to get creative with their nails. “Nails are affordable for the working class woman”– I couldn’t agree more!

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (29)
I’ll definitely be replicating this look for myself. Matte black is a nice contrast to the usual, super shiny shade.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (22)

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (27)

The atmosphere backstage was relaxed, with models (many in Karen’s amazing sunglasses!) hamming it up for the cameras pre-show:
Karen Walker Fall 2011 (20)

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (25)

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (41)

Despite the silly moments, Karen was there to make sure everything ran smoothly:
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The collection itself was a combination of work wear, sportswear, and ladylike “Sunday Best” dresses, all looks women wore to dance all night at Wigan Casino.

Karen Walker Fall 2011 (42)

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