>> Spring 2012 will be the season of the hand-held clutch, if New York's runways have any say. Also getting heavy play: cross-body drawstring backpacks and the handbag in white. From Proenza Schouler's colorful take on the camera bag to Derek Lam's ram head-motif mini-case, we've gathered our favorite handbags from New York Fashion Week, for your viewing pleasure.
>> Yesterday marked the last day of New York Fashion Week, and to mark the occasion, more casual wear was brought out: Giovanna Battaglia rocked flats, and more than a few style favorites — Shala Monroque, Meredith Melling Burke, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Cecilia Dean, to name a few — went with denim pieces. See all those looks, plus 13 more, in the slideshow.
>> The super-chic were out in full force this week, and we were there to capture them in all their well-heeled glory. In fact, the parade of shoes outside the shows was some of the best eye candy of the season. Sky-high stilettos, sculptural wedges, two-tone loafers — they're all here, in the slideshow.
>> Alexa Chung's second collaboration with Madewell debuts online and in stores on September 22 — and now, we've got a full look at the collection.. "You know me," Chung says of her new designs. "I’m obsessed with polka dots and Peter pan collars — British things like that — so they’re all in there." There are also a couple of pajama-inspired pieces featuring a palm tree print Chung drew by hand. “I sketch so much in meetings,” she says. “The Madewell team insisted.”
>> Super-bright clutches, vintage briefcases, cross-body box bags — these were just some of the many crushworthy styles we spotted on the streets while making the Fashion Week rounds. From Bryanboy's too-cute royal blue Mini Miss Wu to Hanneli Mustaparta's woven zig-zag clutch — there were simply too many good ones to count. Some of our favorites are here in the slideshow.
Smoldering Stares and Safaris — Backstage at Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, and Anna Sui
>> Energy was still high backstage on the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week. Lindsey Wixson did a Lolita impression at Anna Sui (left); Frida Gustavsson pulled off a Marilyn Monroe moment in her leopard and feather dress at Michael Kors; and everyone gave their best smoldering stare backstage at Proenza Schouler. See those snaps — and more from backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Anna Sui — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
>> Marc Jacobs Spring 2012 was the swan song to this season's New York Fashion Week — and even though the designer's collection is always one of the most anticipated of the season, this time around the buzz surrounding it felt a bit more frenzied. Maybe it was the Irene-induced time slot switch-around, or the swirling rumours regarding Jacobs possibly leaving Vuitton for Dior — or maybe it was the fact that three hours before the show was to start, the designer canceled all backstage press access. Not a photo texted, not a beauty look revealed. The only pre-show peeps were from the models, who tweeted that it was eerily calm backstage without the usual circus of media.
And so it was that the show started — 30 minutes late, breaking its seasons-long punctuality record. On a wood-planked runway, gold-lamé curtains parted, revealing a theatrical tableau of rainbow-lit models posed on high-backed chairs. One by one, each girl marched down the runway to a Phillip Glass counting and chanting. The look was retro and a bit surreal — prim '20s with a touch of '90s space-cowboy thrown in for good measure. Silhouettes stayed straightforward, save for an bubble-ruffle here or a pleated frill there. Necklines were crew, sleeves were cropped, and hemlines hit at the knee. For fabrics, Jacobs played with reflections and transparency, mixing materials that were glittery, shiny, or iridescent with checks and gingham. Reinforcing the intergalactic western vibe were high-heeled cowboy boots in clear vinyl and silver.