>> After a trip to Joshua Tree in California planted the idea of erosion and decay in his head, Jeremy Laing sought out mud-dyed silk and fabrics given the appearance of being aged by the sun for Spring 2012. Earth tones pervaded throughout, as did slouchy overalls and apron dresses.
>> The start of the weekend marked anything but relaxation on the street style front: Grace Coddington brought out her Prada banana shirt, Hanne Gaby Odiele went grunge in an all-white crop top and wide-leg jean combination, and Jessica Joffe mixed pink and red in a big way. All that and more in the slideshow.
>> Inspired by “a little California dreamin’,” Derek Lam sent out eye-catching sequined "tile" dresses, purple-infused "kaleidoscope"-print looks head to toe, and Spring leather. No neon here. Instead, Lam says, “There is an influence of mid-century colors, the bright tangerines and the peppermints, and the chrome yellows. Not acid brights, but warm brights, mixed with things that are rustic and natural, shades of brown and burlap. Something clean with something rustic.” He adds: “For me, it’s about texture in a new way, so there’s a lot of embroidery, a lot of bright colors, a mix of something that’s more crafty and rustic feeling with things that are more spare and modern.”
>> Yesterday was a big show day, with the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, and Helmut Lang traipsing out their new Spring 2012 collections. Get a second, behind-the-scenes look at those collections — complete with snaps of Hanne Gaby Odiele, Britt Maren, and Mirte Maas goofing off at Wang; Siri Tollerod playing a little air guitar on the iPad at Altuzarra; and Frida Gustavsson showing off the train on her Gurung finale dress — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
>> The tribal symbols of North African Berbers and Morrocan tile work were reference points for Pamela Love's Spring 2012 collection, presented to a packed house — including Anna Wintour — at Milk Studios Saturday night. Models in cowboy hats and turbans posed atop stacked Persian rugs, a 10-piece band played in the corner, and red-hued lights gave off an exotic glow. It was a vibrant scene, one that was matched by the globally-tinged jewelry. New materials have found their way into Love's palette, making for a much brighter offering than in season's past. Red lapis, turquoise, malachite and amythest turn up in hexagonal rings and triangular tile bracelets, while ellipse-shaped breastplates are fashioned from warm-toned wood. Also on display this season was something new for Love: leather belts and clothing crafted especially for the presentation. Click through the slideshow to get an up-close look.
Snapshots: Christina Perez; Collection photos: Getty Images
>> With a lush wall of greenery as backdrop, Joseph Altuzarra sent out paneled, body-con dresses with flouncy skirts, skinny track pants with tropical Hawaiian print-piping, and chunky, bright knits. Spring 2012 marks the first time he's really broken out of a monochrome palette and experimented with bright colors; the effect he was going for, he said, was "mixing super-techno with super-kitsch."
After the success of his Fall parkas, Altuzarra brought outerwear back in the form of puffy hooded jackets; he also adorned sleeveless dresses with padded armholes or parachute straps across the back.