Day one of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week got off to a fantastic start Thursday, February 9, 2012. The show to watch hands down was Tadashi Shoji with BCBGMAXAZRIA coming in a close second. I know it may be a bit of a shock to some who have followed this blog to see me write something good about BCBGMAZAZRIA but the line deserves kudos for it's Fall 2012 collection.


While Tadashi Shoji stole the day with his magnificent evening wear collection that had a 1920s feel to it with the dropped-waist silhouettes and draping reminiscent of Fortuny, BCBGMAXAZRIA made me pleasantly surprised for the first time in at least four consecutive seasons.

Lubov created a contemporary sportswear fall collection that hearkens back to what contemporary sportswear is all about. Clean lines that are elegant yet slightly casual that can be worn effortlessly by many women. With colorblocking still a huge trend with the label, they took on a more classic approach with this design technique. Much of the colorblocking was styled in a Mondrian-esque display symmetrically placed on most of garments lending a classic, wearable feel to the collection. This collection while very current also manages to be timeless and I can see the pieces being fashionable for many years to come. So when these items hit stores, they will be an integral addition to any wardrobe.

HONORABLE MENTION: Chadwick Bell and Nicholas K

Chadwick Bell's fall 2012 collection revisited the Mad Men theme popular from last fall -- and what is now a staple of Banana Republic apparently. The office appropriate collection was divine, however the overall look kind of was turned on its ear. You know how a person can be put together almost flawlessly? You know, shoes and purse flow effortlessly with the outfit and makeup matches up sublimely, then the hair kinds of turns the look into a different direction. That is how Chadwick Bell's collection was. You see the hair was styled in a -- once tidy -- bouffant that was slightly mussed. That slightly mussed aspect looked like each model just stepped out of an office meeting room after a steamy make out session with a co-worker or boss. It's almost like the collection could be called "The Lady is a Tramp". However, the juxtaposition of ladylike and sleaze was brilliant, see for yourself.

Ever wonder what a modern-day western set in New York would look like? No? Me either, but Nicholas K answered that question for us anyway. The design duo started the day off on a great fashion note with their Dark Western themed collection. Truffle dark chocolates, lots of fringe, New York black, cowboy hats, spurs, and lots of layering was the look. At times the layering seemed a bit excessive for some of the female models who looked like they may collapse under the weight. The beauty notes of the collection gave way to sleek, blunt bobs with dark makeup. A very stylish and interesting to view collection.

It was a great start to New York Fashion Week. Let's hope the rest of the week measures up! For behind the scenes candid shots of day 1 check out:
THE SCENE: DAY 1 Fall 2012

Later lovelies!
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