>> We caught up with jewelry designer Anna Sheffield at last night's Creatures of Comfort Fashion's Night Out event, where she told us not only why she loves Fashion Week, but also all about her new project: a bridal and commitment line. Read on for more from our interview with the designer.
What's your favorite thing about Fashion Week?
"The best part about Fashion Week is that you get to see people from all around the world around this time every year and how awesome they look. It's really good inspiration for designers."
What are your FNO plans?
"I just launched a capsule collection called Bing Bang for WeSC. I just came from the party at the store on Lafayette. It's a small capsule collection of jewelry inspired by NYC and I also created these rose gold headphones for them — it's my favorite thing."
How do you stay sane during Fashion Week?
"Lots of green tea and cookies."
What are you currently working on?
I'm launching a new bridal and commitment jewelry collection next Tuesday. I have about 40 styles, so with all the variations, there are hundreds of pieces. It's based on the idea of bridal and commitment so you can mix and match. Promise rings, stacking rings, or anniversary pieces.
What shows do you plan on attending?
"I'm definitely going to see Jeremy Scott. It's the most inspiring part of the week for me every season. I'm also going to see Mara Hoffman. Those are two people I love. I'll see what else I fit in this week."
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>> Earlier this afternoon, in a private room at the Four Seasons Restaurant in midtown Manhattan, Fenton designer Dana Lorenz presented her Spring 2012 collection on seven stoic models dressed head-to-toe in ivory. "Chloe and Valentino," Lorenz said of the models' monochrome ensembles, while guests such as Mark Holgate and Meredith Melling Burke snapped pictures and chatted jovially. It was a relaxed yet refined atmosphere, one that was perfectly in-step with the pastel-dotted collection. Inspired by Miami's Art Deco architecture, this was the softer side of Fenton — fringed duster necklaces were accented with crystals and pearls, and silk chokers were strung with dyed turquoise and moonstone. "It’s very playful,” the designer explained. “I usually go for a dark strength in my work, but Spring is about color and to me, these pastels still feel powerful.”
Click through to see our snaps from the presentation.
>> Jason Wu's Spring 2012 runway could have been treacherous — it was slick, white, and texturized like shingles — but the models made it through like pros, minus a slight slip-up or two. Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Liu Wen trailed out in a collection rife with peplums and mullet hemlines — the latter on jackets, skirts, and even evening gowns.
The theme for the season, Wu said, was “clean and couture — but with some very quirky elements.” Hence the Pop Art colors — chartreuse, "shocking pink," and electric blue; a collaboration with New York graffiti artist Kaws that produced the floating petal print used throughout; and the appearance of sporty "chiffon" windbreakers. Wu also worked with Tom Binns — the jewelry designer's first collaboration in a decade — on swingy long earrings with clusters of safety pins.
>> At Jason Wu earlier today, Odile Gilbert styled hair in heavily-pinned twists, then added black plumes for a darkly ethereal look. Makeup was kept fairly pale and bare — save for the lips, which were stained a vivid matte poppy. Click through for an up-close look at the backstage beauty photos from Jason Wu's Spring 2012 show.
>> "Courtney Love meets Julie Christie; a rich East Village girl who's a bit of a mess," stated hairstylist Eugene Solomon backstage before the Peter Som Spring 2012 show earlier today at Milk Studios. It was an acurate description, not only of the hair — which was side-swooped and puntuated with Kool-aid-hued strips — but also of the collection itself, with it's updated '60s silhouettes, vibrant hues, Charlotte Olympia-designed platforms, and chic-surfer mood. "I really wanted to convey the strength and energy of downtown in the prints, the tweeds, all the things that I love," Som explained. To that end, there were cropped pants in large-scale photo-florals, retro-tinged bathing suits in zebra-head repeats, collarless jackets in graphic houndstooth, and high-shine skirts in canary yellow. The buoyant mood on the runway was matched only by the first-day-of-school vibe in the front row — Tommy Hilfiger, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Amanda Hearst, Bryan Boy, and Joanna Hillman were there, as was Anna Dello Russo who chatted with seatmate Hanneli Mustaparta.
>> The Spring 2012 shows have only just began, and already there's one color that seems to be emerging as a potential it-hue: Tangerine. So far, we've spotted it in various forms at BCBG, Jenni Kayne, and Richard Chai Love (left) — as well as splashed across prints at Peter Som earlier today. While it may be a bit too early to say for sure, we're betting we'll be seeing a lot more of the citrus hue in the weeks to come. Here's a look at a few of the collections offering tangerine for Spring 2012 thus far.