Distilled: New York Fashion Week A/W ’11

Here’s a handy-dandy pocket guide to New York Fashion Week – Favourite runway looks, trend predictions and the stuff that didn’t go over so well.  I’ll be doing one for London, Milan and Paris every week so if you like this, make sure to check back next Friday for more catwalk overanalysis.

From left to right, per row
Tartan galore: 1 – Y3, 2 – Rag& Bone, 3 – Libertine
Slick monochromatic tailoring:  4 – Jason Wu, 5 – Michael Kors, 6 – DKNY
Print clash:  7 – Proenza Schouler, 8 – Rodarte, 9 – Preen
Left-field details:  10 – Jeremy Scott, 11 – Marc Jacobs, 12 – Prabal Gurung
70’s trend:  13 – Diane Von Furstenberg, 14 – Marc by Marc Jacobs, 15 – Rodarte
Trends from New York for Autumn/Winter 2010/11
  • Red – and LOTS of it.
  • Pattern clashes – intricate patterns based on maths/science (as seen on Preen with their uniform polyhedra prints)
  • Polka dots – as at Marc Jacobs.
  • Texture tastic – not only will we be mixing patterns, we’ll be mixing textures as well.  As seen at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler,
  • Thigh-high split skirts – my legs say no, but my brain says YES!


  • Sheer tights – Is it just me or are they a bit, erm, Maggie Thatcher?
  • Fur – on everything – on cuffs, on hats, skirts, everything.  I guarantee that someone will manufacture fur underpants and make a profit.  My personal stance on fur is pretty non-committal but the sheer amount of fur on the catwalks in NY seemed incredibly self-indulgent.  Some of the most original collections didn’t use fur at all.
Pic 10 – Where would we be without Jeremy Scott?  The world would be a much duller place (and Katy Perry would have a yawning chasm in her wardrobe).  I think that his collections are best viewed on individual merits.  Example; this bikini/clear mac combo.  Not something I could ever pull off in real life (and the world breathes a sigh of relief) but pair the crystal-encrusted mac with some monochrome tailoring?  WIN.
Pic 11 – Marc Jacobs also works the clear clothing look, but this blouse is much more subtle.
Pic 15 – If you can hold a pair of knitting needles, you could easily knit this Rodarte jumper.  I wonder how much the retail will be?
What were your NYFW highlights and lowlights?

11 thoughts on “Distilled: New York Fashion Week A/W ’11

  1. >Marc by Marc Jacobs was def up there, I really loved Kors as well, I felt DVF was a bit dull. I am also really loving Jason Wu.I would give my left leg to go to fashion week in New York. (and possibly my right)

  2. >Excellent round-up. I'm already looking forward to the polka dots and the knits and the 70s stuff, even if we'll be in our present winter kits in Ireland till May (read: August). Thanks so much for your recent good wishes, much appreciatedxxx

  3. >i don't know where i would be without jeremy scott. I have heard mixed reviews about the collection but my stance is i love it, and it is very wearable for me, with the exception of that bikini and clear trench ensemble. But if i had the boobs for it, and it wasn't minus 20 degrees outside, i totally wouldPaolinacheck me out!calurvillade.blogspot.com

  4. >@metrochica Preen was excellent, wasn't it – looks like their relocation to NY was a good move…@comtesse Hope everything turns out ok – keeping the fingers crossed.@Paolina – I don't think that the bikini/mac combo would suit me, maybe with a nice or dress though!@a certain vintage – Glad you liked the Golightly post, Maeve Brennan was such an interesting lady (and Irish to boot).

  5. >Yer wan in the pink bikini and plastic thingy looks like a futuristic Barbie..Loving the tartan though. And are those thigh high leg warmers I spy in picture one…?! Amazing!

  6. >delira that red is on the menu for AW and the pokkas too! ill be all over those trends, HOWEVER, im with you on the 'nay' sheer tights, not a hope…i really dont think anyone can pull them off, not even Maggie! great post lady!

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