Archive for September, 2006

What to Do NY: New York Magazine’s Best Bets

NY Magazine Best BetsFeed yourself, your closet, and your home at New York Magazine’s Best Bets, a one-day, one-stop shopping love affair that brings together New York’s favorites at discounted prices.  Shop Kate Spade, Lacoste, Lilla P, Jonathan Adler, and other designer brands 15-65% off retail.  Eat delicious baked goods from City Bakery’s on site café.  And receive a gift bag worth over $175 with paid admission ($25 in advance, $35 at the door).

A percentage of the event’s proceeds will go to the Fund for Public Schools.

New York Magazine’s Best Bets Shopping Event
Tuesday October 3, 2006
The Altman Building
135 West 18th Street
New York City
11:00am – 4:00pm OR 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Purchase Tickets:
$25/ticket in advance
$35/ticket at the door

Add comment September 24th, 2006

Fashiontribes Fashion Week Blogger Roundup

FashiontribesFashiontribes’ Lesley Scott is officially on our hotlist this Friday (regular Friday Fashion Hotlists will be returning next week, for all of you FFH fans).  Her What the Bloggers are Saying Fashion Week roundup post is, by far, the most comprehensive source of fashion information written by us online publishers.  Lesley’s roundup covers Trendspotting, Fashion Week Dish & Detrius, and, of course, Show Reviews, which are helpfully categorized alphabetically.

Bravo, Lesley!

Add comment September 22nd, 2006

Omiru’s Spring 2007 Fashion Trend Roundup

Spring 2007 is all about pieces–and about continuing, not departing from, the big trend from Fall 2006: volume.  Bubble silhouettes, trapeze shapes, and puff sleeves all graced the runway.  Neutral colors continue their run as well as designers combine shades of black, white, and grey with accent colors from royal blue to fire engine red. 

Fashion Week ModelSILHOUETTES

Controlled Volume
Ashleigh Verrier, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Y & Kei, Proenza Schouler

High Waisted Styles
Derek Lam, Cynthia Steffe, Zac Posen

Drop Waist Styles
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Doo Ri, Ports 1961

Babydoll Shapes
Jay McCarroll, Derek Lam, Peter Som, Cynthia Steffe, Ports 1961, Atil Kutoglu

Bubble Silhouettes
Marc Jacobs, Ports 1961, Sass & Bide, TulehOscar de la Renta, Araks

Trapeze Shapes
Reem Acra, BCBG, Peter Som, Ports 1961

Tulip Silhouettes
Peter Som, Ports 1961, Atil Kutoglu, Y & Kei

Double Breasted Styles
Y & Kei, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, Marc by Marc Jacobs


Ports 1961, Betsey Johnson, Zac Posen, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Y & Kei

Cuffed Styles
Zac Posen, Manuel, Trovata, Kai Kühne, Jay McCarroll, Peter Som

Tops with Peplums
Ashleigh Verrier, Tocca, Carolina Herrera

Tuxedo Detailing
Doo Ri, Oscar de la Renta, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Wide Straps
Ashleigh Verrier, Reem Acra, Sass & Bide, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, Narciso Rodriguez

Dresses with Pockets
Sass & Bide, Derek Lam

Puff Sleeves
Reem Acra, Tuleh, Y & Kei, Peter Som, Doo Ri, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Ashleigh Verrier, Trovata, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Steffe

Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Jenni Kayne

Oversized Collars
Carolina Herrera, Jenni Kayne

Grecian Draping
Carolina Herrera, Doo RiZac Posen

Black and White Colors
Araks, Carolina Herrera, Tuleh

Accent Color: Red
Costello Tagliapietra, Reem Acra, Atil Kutoglu, Zac Posen

Flutter Sleeves
BCBG, Narciso Rodriguez, Atil Kutoglu, Jenni Kayne, Zac Posen

Kimono Sleeves
Baby Phat, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Ports 1961

Off the Shoulder Sleeves
Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Ports 1961, Proenza Schouler, Y & Kei

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Jay McCarroll

Wild Graphics
Diane von Furstenberg, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Tocca, Oscar de la Renta, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jay McCarroll

Knits & Crochet
Derek Lam, Ports 1961, Marc by Marc Jacobs

John Bartlett, Ashleigh Verrier, Peter Som, Atil Kutoglu, Zac Posen, Jay McCarroll

Chevron Stripes
Jay McCarroll, J. Mendel


John Bartlett, Tocca, Carolina Herrera, Ports 1961, Atil Kutoglu, Y & Kei

Skinny Pants
Doo Ri, Atil Kutoglu, Proenza Schouler, Y & Kei, Zac Posen, Jay McCarroll

Alexandre Herchcovitch, Ports 1961, Atil Kutoglu, Zac Posen

Wrap Dresses
Costello Tagliapietra, Diane von Furstenberg

Jay McCarroll, Proenza Schouler

Ports 1961, Atil Kutoglu


Tie-Front Belts
Narciso Rodriguez, Zac Posen

Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Ports 1961, Doo Ri, Oscar de la Renta, Jenni Kayne, Y & Kei

4 comments September 22nd, 2006

Omiru’s Top 5 Spring 2007 Trends from New York Fashion Week

For yet another season, white is the color du jour.  Muted shades and neutral colors dominated the runways from the majors to the indies.

Sleeveless Ruffled Bib Top
Sleeveless Ruffled Bib Top | $64 at Banana Republic

Controlled Volume
Detailing such as ruffles, ruching, and pintucking added volume to silhouettes in a modest way.

Lane Dress
Lane Dress | $118 at Anthropologie

Bubble Silhouette
Wear with caution, as the bubble shape doesn’t flatter large hips.

Satin Bubble Dress
Satin Bubble Dress | $150 at Le Fashionista

Trapeze Silhouette
A nod to Christian Dior’s 1958 Trapeze Line, the silhouette was seen in tops, dresses, and outerwear.

Cold Snap Coat
Cold Snap Coat | $328 at Anthropologie

From Daisy Dukes to knee-length styles, shorts are making another comeback just in time for Spring.  Cuffed styles are especially popular.

Tyrolean Shorts
Reyes Tyrolean Shorts | $326 at Shopbop

2 comments September 22nd, 2006

Carnivale of Couture: Favorite Spring 2007 Fashion Trends

Looks like we’re all still recovering from Fashion Week–I only received one response to my Carnivale question:

What’s your favorite trend from the Spring 2007 runway?

Pleats at Costello TagliapietraAli from Papierblog responded with a thoughtful post full of eye candy about Pleating, which "can give just the right amount of swing to a skirt, flair to a silhoutte, or definition to a bodice."  Gorgeous examples of pleating were shown from the runways of Michon Schur, Dragana Ognjenovic, Jason Wu, and Costello Tagliapietra (pictured, right, courtesy of Papierblog).

Derek Lam Dress with Pocket
As for us, our fave Fashion Week trend is Dresses with Pockets.  We’re crushing on the Dresses with Pockets for their inherent utility (Why tote around a purse when you don’t have to?) and the beautiful constructions we’ve been seeing this season.  Pictured at left is our favorite Dress with Pockets from the Spring 2007 shows, designed by Derek Lam
(courtesy of New York Magazine).

5 comments September 22nd, 2006

Backstage: Interview with Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava

Omiru: Style for All ( conducts an interview with Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock at their Spring 2007 show at New York Fashion Week.

4 comments September 22nd, 2006

Iisli Cable Knit Sleeveless Bubble Dress

Iisli Cable Knit Sleeveless Bubble Dress The drapey bow (very Spring 2007) makes this dress.

$380 at Intermix.

3 comments September 22nd, 2006

Behind the Seams: Little-known Facts About Fashion Week

It’s easy to get runway recaps from NY Metro or, but Fashion Week is really about what happens behind the scenes (or seams). Omiru gives you the scoop from New York Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week ModelFact #1: After every single show, the runway gets re-painted white to ensure that each designer is working with a catwalk that looks brand new.

Fact #2: Sometimes the size 0 clothes are still too big for the stick-thin models. Case in point: At the Rachel Comey show, one model’s tube top came down, revealing everything. And even after she pulled the top up, it fell down again. Luckily she was on her way back from the paparazzi mob.

Fact #3: Fashion week is kind of like high school.  There’s a definite hierarchy, and you know your place as soon as you step through the door to the tents.

Fact #4: After you check in for a show, you either get a seating assignment (if you’re lucky, the designer’s PR people called you in advance with your seat assignment) or, if you’re in the bottom of the hierarchy, a 3×5 card with an "S" or "ST" on it for Standing Room.

Fact #5: This year’s swag bags had everything you need in them: MAC eyeshadow, lipgloss, and lip conditioner, Havaianas flip flops, an umbrella, fruit water, mascara, and tons more.

Fact #6: Keep your eyes open because at any moment, a celebrity can pop up in front of you. Melody saw E!’s Bobby Thomas and while mouthing Bobby’s name, she saw Melody and waved! She was super sweet and so petite in person.

Fact #7: Celebrities look much thinner and tinier in person.

Fact #8: People cut in line all the time. Fashion Week, like any traumatic event, tends to bring out the Best…or, more often, the Worst in people.

Fact #9: Well, this isn’t a secret, but New York Fashion Week really inspires people to put their best foot forward, and there are some sharp dressers out there. Let us tell you, some of these old rich ladies look better than the youngens.

Fact #10: It’s hard work but somebody’s gotta do it! Fashion looks glamorous on and in New York Magazine, but behind the scenes, it’s a lot of schlepping stuff, aching feet, and tired eyes. But in the end, it’s all worth it…and then some!

Add comment September 22nd, 2006

Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Derek Lam

Derek Lam Spring 2007
Photo Credit: New York Magazine

Key Takeaways: Layered silhouettes and loose oversized shapes dominated Derek Lam’s collection of sportswear.  Lam toyed with a masculine/feminine theme that took his collection from sweet to sultry.

Color Palette: Neutrals like grey, black, white, and navy are spiced up with coral, turquoise, olive, celadon, and yellow.

Silhouettes: Key silhouettes included on-trend voluminous and kimono sleeves, swing coats, shorts, cropped pants, and ruffled styles.  Lam also featured architecturally constructed tanks, collarless coats, dresses with pockets, and billowy gowns.

Accessories Report: Top-handle oversized bags, belts reminiscent of laptop locks, small and square sunglasses, and shoes with thick straps graced Lam’s runway.

What’s Wearable: We’d recomend Lam’s empire-waisted tulip dress with thick straps (pictured) and a breezy asymmetric chiffon dress–a real stunner.

What’s Not Wearable: Big over big layering–leave that for the models on the runway and the stylists who dress them.

1 comment September 21st, 2006

Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2007
Photo Credit: New York Magazine

Key Takeaways: With themes ranging from 20s glamour and the mod 60s, the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection felt like a microcosm of Fashion Week.  Just as the Spring 2007 season is all about pieces–not outfits, the Marc by Marc collection is all about specific looks, not a focused message. 

Color Palette: All over the map.  Neutrals–olives, whites, and greys–were accompanied by celadon green, grass green, orange, turquoise, yellow, and purple.

Silhouettes: Key silhouettes included mod 60s shifts, drop waist styles, trapeze style coats, cuffed shorts, voluminous sleeves, and oversized tops over dresses. For men, loose pants, shorts, cuffed styles, deep v-neckline styles, three piece suits, and trenchcoats.

Accessories Report: Oversized top-handle bags, caps, long, thin scarves, white-rimmed glasses, long necklaces,  and sneakers for women.  For men, caps, suspenders, nerd glasses, and sneakers.

What’s Wearable: An indigo-navy drop waist shift with a curved waistline ruffle (pictured).  For men, we love the three piece suit with sneakers.

What’s Not Wearable:
For women, a patchwork hippie print dress that confuses the eye with its multitude of patterns.  For men, a  white deep-v shirt that would feel right at home in the women’s collection. 

3 comments September 21st, 2006

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