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Backstage At Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Runway Show

Backstage At Ivana Helsinki Fall 2011 Runway Show

Paola Suhonen brought back her signature label Ivana Helsinki to New York Fashion Week for another season. With the previous show running an hour late, all signs pointed that backstage should have been chaos, yet no such thing occurred. By the time I got there the models had their beehive hair and charcoal black eyes done and ready for the runway. L'Oreal's Edward Tricomi, was armed with hairspray and still fixing up an occasional beehive. The models, already in full makeup and hair, were mostly looking for ways to amuse themselves until the show starts; taking pictures of each other, making funny faces at photographers. There was a feeling of ease in the air.

If Spring 2011 had a strong nautical ...

Catty Details At Anna Sui Fall 2011 Collection Runway Show

Catty Details At Anna Sui Fall 2011 Collection Runway Show

Anna Sui sent a Ballets Russes inspired Fall 2011 collection down the runway. Besides the gorgeous embellishments and prints there was also quite the animal world. Butterfly belts, furs and to top it all - cat hats. Quite literally. For Fall 2011, Sui referenced Ballets Russes only in details, which were aplenty, while avoiding the banal silhouette of Peasant tops and full skirts thus creating a very colorful and quirky collection.

The Blonds Fall 2011 Collection Is Absolutely Fabulous

The Blonds Fall 2011 Collection Is Absolutely Fabulous

It might be Year of the Rabbit for most of us, but on The Blonds Fall 2011 runway it was the Year of the Dragon which, incidentally, is next winter.

When the show opens with a Dragon dance act, I knew I was in for a Far East (The Orient, if you prefer the more colonial term) experience. There was a little bit of everything - Kimonos, Thai head pieces, Yin and Yang and Karate details - in flowing silks embellished with fringe, beads and crystals by the pound. No doubt, we have a good year of stage looks ahead of us.

Tibi Fall 2011 Collection Is All About Dresses And Ease

Tibi Fall 2011 Collection Is All About Dresses And Ease

Amy Smilovic has really outdone herself with the new Tibi Fall 2011 collection and even a model's fall on the runway towards the end of the show couldn't spoil that.

Seeing a model fall on the runway really makes you skip a heartbeat. What will she do, how will she save this? In Tibi Fall 2011 runway case - she will smile, take off the culprit shoes and keep walking without loosing face. Wearing an asymmetric mid-calf length dress in a red-and-black print has an effect on you - that of ease and confidence.

But enough about the mishap. The collection, as it was inadvertently proven, is about easy chic and quirky luxury. Or is quirky chic and easy luxury? All of ...

Altuzarra And Vena Cava Fall 2011 Bring Back Grunge And Parkas

Altuzarra And Vena Cava Fall 2011 Bring Back Grunge And Parkas

Both Vena Cava Fall 2011 and Altuzarra Fall 2011 collections looked back fondly into the 90's and found grunge as their inspiration. In two quite different ways.

For Fall 2011 Altuzarra looked over to the other side of the pond and embraced Kate Moss' look back when she had Johnny Depp by her side. Back when she was wearing chunky and boxy parkas over slight body hugging dresses. It is that contradiction that set the tone for the collection. Besides the parkas, the collection also had a great selection of the more constructed wool coats. Argyle pattern was used rather abstractly throughout the collection - as print or knitted. Satin dresses and tops were cut on the bias, clinging to the ...

Ruffian Fall 2011 Collection Is Tuxedos And Lace

Ruffian Fall 2011 Collection Is Tuxedos And Lace

Ruffian Fall 2011 collection sure was full of contradictions. The designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais played with all the different parts of a tuxedo - bow-ties, white shirts with contrast color buttons, cummerbund details, vest like blouses and jackets. Tailcoat, cropped or elongated; with contrasting lapels or without; in satin, vinyl or velvet; jackets were indeed aplenty.

Yves Saint Laurant's Le Smoking might come to mind, yet Wolk and Morais' play on the tuxedo couldn't be more different. The former was minimal and alluring - best suited for a Femme Fatale, the latter is playful - begging to be worn by a pretty young thing on a night out on the town.

Wolk and Morais didn't forget the Ruffian girl's feminine ...

Backstage At Irina Shabayeva Fall 2011 Runway Show

Backstage At Irina Shabayeva Fall 2011 Runway Show

Irina Shabayeva is one of the few Project Runway alums who ever since the win kept going strong. Shabayeva produced a collection every season since winning Project Runway Season 6 with last year's Fall 2010 perhaps being the most expensive - full of fur and leather - sponsored by Tupperware.

This time, Shabayeva's Fall 2011 collection was a bit more low-key. Playing on a cutout snowflake detail throughout the collection, she produced strong basic pieces like knits (knits is definitely her strong side), wool jackets and jersey shirts and tunics. For evening and cocktail wear, Shabayeva created colorful satin dresses and gowns with gold sequin gown and a mini version of it really knocking it out of the park.

Sally LaPointe Fall 2011 Collection Is Futurism Meets Tailoring Meets Color

Sally LaPointe Fall 2011 Collection Is Futurism Meets Tailoring Meets Color

Sally LaPointe Fall 2011 collection "was inspired by photographic processing", so will tell you LaPointe if you ask her about the collection. Even before the models came out, you knew you were in for something modern and cutting edge - abstract clouds of playing colors, bright red and orange, were screened onto a backdrop. A few minutes later the models would walk along that very backdrop and you'll realize the video art is also the print on some of the pieces.

In a very graphic manner, silver colors opened Sally LaPointe's Fall 2011 collection. Those then progressed into red, then turquoise, black and red again. Despite being highly conceptual, LaPointe didn't fall into the trap of putting to much emphasis on ...

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Accessories Close-Up

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Accessories Close-Up

The new Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 collection provides plenty of accessories to choose from. Perhaps what will become an It item is the Paris - New York oversize python tote in navy,red and white. For evening we have small leather, embroidered or bejeweled pochettes. Necklaces, bracelets and belts were big - made of black pearls, crystal and enamel. All this richness was contrasted by simple black shoes, either pumps or basket-weave oxfords.

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Collection Is A Paris – New York Chic Story

Catherine Malandrino Fall 2011 Collection Is A Paris – New York Chic Story

Catherine Malandrino chose to present her signature Malandrino Fall 2011 in the old New York Times Building. What looked like a very rundown loft space with huge windows, exposed pipes and peeling paint was ample with light and charm.

The juxtaposition of the tough space and the girly and romantic collection was quite evident. Perhaps it was serving a metaphor for the collection as well. Malandrino designed her Fall 2011 collection with a woman who explores the romance of Paris and the rhythm of New York in mind. Tuxedo pants worn with heels and romantic tops. Soft angora and fur combined with black leather. An eclectic mix of leather wrap jackets, myriad of fur vests, coats and shrugs, pleated skirts and ...