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Carlos Campos x NYFW, FW '12

CARLOS CAMPOS
*presented at Milk Studios, New York City, New York. February 12th, 2012.

(Carlos Campos x FW '12)

...And, the autumn leaves shall fall again, next year, for Carlos Campos' Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

(Carlos Campos x FW '12)

Although we're fast approaching spring (in real time), the scenery for Campos' show, put attendees in the mood for seasonal change via the use of foliage on the runway; variegated shades of red, cranberry, blues and browns.

(Carlos Campos x FW '12)

(Carlos Campos x FW '12)

(Carlos Campos x FW '12)

Campos employed the talents of two veteran, celebrity artists, Cesar Ramirez for hair and Karlo Karlo for make-up, in order to create what the team calls, "...a striking balance between romantic and rugged."

(from left to right: make-up artist Karlo Karlo, top male
model Corey Baptiste & hair stylist Cesar Ramirez
x Carlos Campos FW '12)

Ramirez, Karlo and Campos definitely achieved their aforementioned goal and turned up the Latino heat, in the process... The collection was muy caliente, and the models looked sensational as their head-to-toe ensembles took center stage!

(David Agbodji x Carlos Campos FW '12)

Odilon x NYFW, FW '12

ODILON  
*presented at The Standard Hotel, New York City, New York. February 12th, 2012.

(Odilon x FW '12)

MADE by Milk (Studios), presented yet another intriguing mix of downtown-meets-cool-fashionista, via designer Stacey Clark's Odilon.
(Odilon x FW '12)

Clark's Fall/Winter 2012 collection gave answers, just as much as it asked questions... nicely articulated in her iconic, Red Owls knit sweater; which bore the phrase, "The OWLS are not what they SEEM."

(Odilon x FW '12)

In trying to decode the aforementioned quote, it's safe to say that at a glance, the zig-zag motifs (which resonated throughout her collection), gave way to the idea that life is an up-and-down journey in which we're all -in some way- going through 'jagged' times.

(Odilon x FW '12)

Clark even referenced David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" as part of her inspiration; and if you're familiar with Lynch's work, you know that it's NOT EASY TO DECIPHER.

(Odilon x FW '12)

Contrastingly, in Lynch's world, nothing is at all what it seems... yet for Odilon, it's obvious that Clark hit all the right notes!

Marlon Gobel x NYFW, FW '12

MARLON GOBEL
*presented at Avery Fisher Hall, at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. February 12th, 2012.

(Marlon Gobel x FW '12)

Sending out a swarm of Swarovski-crystal, armored men's clothing, Marlon Gobel's collection for Fall/Winter 2012, literally shone with excellence.

(Marlon Gobel x FW '12)

(Marlon Gobel x FW '12)

(Marlon Gobel x FW '12)

As Gobel packed a punch with Bullet-dented, quilted suits, plaid gang jackets and embellished vests, the male models were well-heeled in grey, navy and black wingtip shoes (custom-made by Walk-Over by George E. Keith); sort of a RoboCop-cum-dandy mash-up... and it worked... well!

(Marlon Gobel x FW '12)

Gobel's take on men's wear, is definitely not for the weak-at-heart; it would take a conspicuous consumer to rock his collection pieces... and they'd sure look good while doing so!

(Marlon Gobel, the designer x FW '12)

Lorena Sarbu x NYFW, FW '12

LORENA SARBU
* presented at The Box, at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. February 12th, 2012.


Intricate designs (with sparkles and shimmer), were the look for Lorena Sarbu's Fall/Winter 2012 collection.
(Lorena Sarbu x FW '12)

(Lorena Sarbu x FW '12)

Evening wear is a terrain that's easy for Sarbu to navigate, as she likes to experiment with length; showcasing several gowns that were floor-sweeping, and a few others that had barely-there hemlines (which are very appropriate for next year's, New Year's Eve festivities!). Texture is also a key element in Sarbu's designs, seen in a cross-grain, banded-leather dress (in glaring red, no less), and in a sequined, green-ruffled gown.

(Lorena Sarbu x FW '12)

(Lorena Sarbu x FW '12)

Overall, Sarbu knows her craft and has learned to hone it well... now, everything else, is left up to the consumers!!!
 
;-D

L.A.M.B x NYFW, FW '12

L.A.M.B
*presented at The Box, at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. February 11th, 2012.
(written by Latease T. Lashley)

(Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B x FW '12 collection)

The Box, at Lincoln Center, couldn’t contain the fashionatics that wanted to catch a glimpse of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B; in fact, the famed rocker-turned-designer ran two, separate presentations in order to accommodate her mass of admirers.
 
(Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B x FW '12 collection)

The long wait and large crowd(s) didn’t overshadow the early, 60’s inspired looks that trotted the stage, which included smart and fun, preppy accents of plaid and argyle.

(Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B x FW '12 collection)

Bold and high, bouffant hair-styles perpetuated Stefani's mod, cool factor... even down to the Twiggy inspired make-up. Color-blocked shirt dresses, pixilated, jacquard jackets and neon, oversized houndstooth were Stefani’s take on the season's popular men's wear trend (shown in the first look out).

(Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B x FW '12 collection)

(Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B x FW '12 collection)

The neon pops of color (pink and green were favorites), added a wow-factor that made for a memorable and cohesive collection of wearable garments.

Ainsley x NYFW, FW '12

AINSLEY
*presented at Exit Art, New York City, New York. February 11th, 2012.

(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)

Tribal influences ran rampant through Ainsley Hansen's Fall/Winter collection for 2012; the essence of Native America via the Southwest, served as her inspiration. Each one of Hansen's designs were spotlighted in several different areas of the show's venue, which included a simulated horse pavilion, a corner of pow wow drums and a gemstone tenergy path.

(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)

(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)
  
(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)

Hansen (a native of Australia), received her design training at the Sydney Institute of Technology, and has been professionally showcasing her creations since 2009. For this collection, she used recycled tweeds of boucle, warm amber silks and natural fibers fused with lurex tape yarns that meld into gowns, jumpsuits, blouses and fluid, tribal-print skirts.

(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)

(Ainsley x FW '12 collection)

Tibi x NYFW, FW '12

TIBI
*presented at The Stage, at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. February 11th, 2012.
(written by Latease T. Lashley)

(Tibi x FW '12 collection)

The look for Tibi's Fall 2012 collection, was effortless chic; just as effortless as trying an M&M (minimalism and menswear, that is)! The two aforementioned themes were major trends for designer Amy Smilovic, who tended to blur the lines between masculine and feminine, with an overarching show of neutrals (black, crème, grey and brown).

(Tibi x FW '12 collection)

Tibi (one of the largest, contemporary clothing lines, found in over 600 specialty/up-scale stores worldwide), has a noted, celebrity following that includes Heidi Klum and Blake Lively, and Smilovic (known for her clean and relaxed style), created a well-tailored collection that offered slouchy pants and oversized, wool coats; even the models' hair and make-up appeared effortless against the dominant, men's-inspired looks.

(Tibi x FW '12 collection)

Print details abound, from structured-birds to mod squares and polished, minimal detailing (and a few of Smilovic's pieces proved that metallic continues to be a hot trend on the runways, for Fall 2012).

 
(Tibi x FW '12 collection)

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Christian Siriano x NYFW, FW '12

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
*presented at Eyebeam Studios, in New York City, New York. February 11th, 2012.
(written by Latease T. Lashley)

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

Battingly beautiful, was Christian Siriano for Fall/Winter 2012. As the lights dimmed -just before the start- at Siriano's show, the audience waited in anticipation of the 26-year-old designer's inspiration; bats... more specifically, the 1930’s film “The Vampire Bat.”

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

Siriano revealed dramatic looks with intricate fabric treatments that mirrored bat veins and bat-bone structures. The models took flight on the runway, in deep-red lips (that almost appeared black), wearing wing-sleeved sheath dresses, black, snaked tuxedo jackets, silk cami's and trousers... with additional, stunning, satin bat-vein inspired dresses, to perpetuate his theme.

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

The edgy collection maintained a few Siriano staples, including his trumpet gown (seen in gathered tulle), along with a textured, cropped motorcycle jacket paired with a crème-colored, flowing ball gown (which gained nods of approval from the audience).

(Christian Siriano x FW '12)

Siriano (a Maryland native), drew a star list of front row attendees, whom included former Rachel Zoe alum, Brad Goreski (from Bravo TV’s “It’s a Brad, Brad World”), actress Mena Suvari, and star of the film “Precious,” Gabourey Sidibe.

(Celebrity guests x Christian Siriano FW '12)

(Celebrity guests x Christian Siriano FW '12)

(Latease Lashley with Brad Goreski x Christian Siriano FW '12)

To sum up Siriano's collection in one phrase... It was totally wearable!
;-D

Rafael Cennamo x NYFW, FW '12

RAFAEL CENNAMO
*presented at The Box, at Lincoln Center, New York City, New York. February 11th, 2012.
(written by Latease T. Lashley)


Rafael Cennamo presented a masterful blend of glamorous and opulent evening wear, for his Fall 2012 collection.


Cennamo’s execution kept a steady wave of admirers enchanted during the third day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, and his recipe for inspiration was sleek, couture looks, blended for a strong, confident woman (with a dash of edge). To set the mood for his show, Cennamo highlighted luxurious fabrics and colors, ranging from silks, metallic chiffon's and crepes... to steel greys, midnight blues and sapphire.


His aesthetic has become synonymous with celebrity clients including Gabrielle UnionEva Longoria, Taylor Swift and Vanessa Williams; and, as he is known for recreating classic silhouettes... Cennamo's designs, simply, leave you wanting more.