>> Designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thorton effortlessly blended femininity with modernity in one fell swoop for Spring 2012. Silhouettes were straightforward and cut simple — no deconstruction in sight, just a hint of girlishness in the form of mini peplums and frilled collars. While there was a strong showing of solid separates in navy, pale blue, lemon, and white (made lively with spikes of neon at ruffled waists and cuffs), the real stars of the show were the prints. A checkerboard pattern in cupcake-hues was refreshing for its understated geometry, and a recurring doily floral refrained from looking precious with the help of a digitized pixel-print.
>> Rihanna's first ads as face of Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans — she replaces Megan Fox — have just been released. Steven Klein shot the pop star in black and white in New York, sprawled across the hood — or alternatively, the back seat — of a black car. See the full set in the slideshow.
>> Amongst the alligator belts and cuffs — complete with horned scales, in some cases — was a much more commercial collection for Ohne Titel's Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. "We're trying new things, but doing it our way," Adams confirmed. The season's firsts included their first shoe collection — woven leather flats and heels; a first print — custom knit herringbone; and a foray into eveningwear. But those fans of the label's body-hugging knits need not dismay: They were present in pencil skirts, cropped pants, and cardigans, in tomato red or royal blue.
>> New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and if one thing is certain, it's this: there will be no shortage of wild new beauty looks to try come next Spring. Already, designers have trotted out more Kool-aid colors than we care to count — in hair (Peter Som), on lips (Richard Chai Love), and on eyelids (Jeremy Laing). But what if creamsicle-hues are not your thing? No worries. We've spotted a treasure trove of other styles, including smokey eyebrows (Derek Lam), candy-apple lips (Patrick Ervell), and cat-eye liner (L.A.M.B.). Also on offer — for those more classically-inclined — are pretty peach cheeks (Boy And Girl By Band Of Outsiders) and surfer-swept tresses (Jill Stuart). Here, we've rounded up all these, plus more — after all, nothing says Spring like a fresh new look.
>> Versace just released images of its Fall 2011 Atelier Versace couture collection. Teal fur chubbies, vintage Versace prints pulled back out of the archives for voluminous skirts, and metallic minidresses printed with "I heart Versace" populate the offering, which also includes the dress Katy Perry recently wore to the MTV VMAs.
>> Carolina Herrera's Spring 2012 collection, full of sparrow prints and linear motifs, “started with the Bauhaus,” she said, citing “the modernity of lines and the fluidity.” As Nicki Minaj and Anna Wintour sat next to each other front row, Herrera sent out fluid mint green dresses and architectural embroideries. The color palette — largely jade green, rusty red, and sunny yellow — came from the Bakelite bangles that were used to accessorize the collection, she said.