{iStyle} NYFW Day 7 & 8

NYFW is gone and over, but I still owed you a recap. (You’ll also be getting a spring trend prediction and LFW summary in the coming days.) Comcast and oncoming flu be damned, we got this post up. I present to you, days 7 & 8.

3.1 Phillip Lim – Almost every outfit had some sequins at Lim. It was all about enticing a girl to spend by blinding her with bright colors and shiny pretty things. Pleats, leather, and curves of fabric wrapped about dresses, luxe pants, a sequin romper, fully sequined blazer, were put out by Lim alongside a well-made and basic gray shirt and short or khaki trench.

Alexandre Herchcovitch – Football inspired but completely different than Wang’s interpretation. Herchcovitch made wearable pieces and some not so wearable (like the giant shoulder pad look.) All of it is sporty, but manages to maintain a very feminine and strong look.

Anna Sui – Would you expect anything less from Sui? Girlish, flirty, retro, city-girl, with plenty of purple and black, Sui’s signature colors. Wear an entire look or just one piece. We’re seeing Sui everywhere from Target to Nordstrom to Anthropologie, and we look forward to seeing some of this in stores.

Doo.Ri – There are some outstanding pieces in this collection. The type of garment you’d covet, but could possibly manage to acquire and wear.

Marchesa – An assortment of cocktail and evening gowns worthy of the red carpet, (anyone watch the Emmys?) whether for an film opening or the Oscars. Can’t you see Emma Watson in that short light blue, criss-cross bodice dress? Leighton Meester in the white feathered number on the left? It’s all pure fantasy, pure glamour, just as Marchesa always teases us with. We always ask for more, don’t we?

Michael Kors – Sexy, close to the body, but not too close. Kors gave us a white skirt suit that would work at the office and a black number that should go nowhere near the office.

Milly – At times, Milly felt a tad repetitive. Still, the prints that the brand is known for and youthfulness made this collection. We saw embellishments around the neck, whether on the garment or in the form of necklaces. Yet another designer showing socks and pumps. Lots of orange, black, white, and gold.

Nanette Lepore – Color and print was the name of the game. Monet-like prints. Ruffles all over. Sheer dresses paired over an even brighter slip. Even the shoes were colorful. All of it easy to wear, no matter what your body-type.

Oscar de la Renta – Socialites, the fashion crowd, and Zac Posen front-row? Check. Crochet, metallics, sequins, lace, ruffles, and more? Check. You name it, Oscar probably had it. The master worked this collection, although some say too much. The clothes were absolutely exquisite.

Peter Som – A little something 70’s here with flutter sleeves, hot pants. Gray, rose, olive, purple, floral prints in light fabrics. One skirt (above) is perfectly ballerina-like.

Proenza Schouler – Woohoo! Love Proenza Schouler. Making tie-dye this cool takes talent. It’s utterly hip. There’s something of an exotic butterfly with a hard edge here. It also reminds me of walking down the street and seeing all those pretty color in a dirty, polluted puddle. Unexpected and gorgeous. PS delivered such great brights, a variety of different fits, and youthfulness.

Tory Burch – I’ve never been a fan of Tory Burch. It just isn’t my style. What’s more is that every Boca Bitch seems to worship her, which immediately puts a bad taste in my mouth. These are, afterall, the women who worshipped Juicy and still stalk around in the velour tracksuits way too often. However, I do have to admit that this collection has some quality pieces. Maybe I’ll take another look at Burch next time I’m shopping.

Calvin Klein – Like a glamorous storm cloud, Costa’s collection reminded me of rain. It sparkled. It was sexy. It was enchanting and romantic. Just like the rain and the clouds, you could see through them in varying degrees. The fabrics were so whisper thin that it might take a certain kind of girl (read solidly fit and preferably thin) to wear these creations.

Isaac Mizrahi – Mizrahi was pure production, with post-war Hollywood as muse. These girls looked like they may be about to board a train or a ship for a vacation and like they might speak in the manner of Katherine Hepburn. Mizrahi put a femme spin on some men’s looks (much like Hepburn) and added bows, ruffles, or roses to any given outfit. We could have done without the leather bags on the shoulders of evening gown clad models. It took away from the spectacular dresses.

L’Wren Scott – Named after Madame du Barry, Scott’s collection was provactive and sexy in an old-fashioned (and appropriately french) way. Scott’s sophisticated and feminine line also had a touch of old-hollywood mystery and glamour. One could easily picture Marlene Dietrich making an entrance in that pink and rose number above.

Naeem Khan – Ahhh, this is why girls love fashion. No, most of us will never afford one of these creations, but we sure can dream. Khan presented us with garment after garment of beading, feathers, bollywood bright fabrics, and embroidery to make us swoon. The absolute stand-out stunner? A sheer gown with gold firework bursts of beading all the way down. There are no words.

Phi – I’m slightly disappointed by Phi’s collection. Always sexy and a touch unconventional, Phi delivered on the sexy. Not quite mainstream, but I just felt that there should have been more “Wow.”

Ralph Lauren – Does it get more all American than Ralph Lauren? Probably not. Can Ralph get more American? You betcha. This season, Lauren took the good old-American working-class for inspiration. The collection included color inspired by denim, stripes (like the kind you’d find on old overalls or mattresses), florals as fresh as laundry hung on a line, and blue suits with pocket chains, paisley ties, and spectators.

Threeasfour – Threeasfour and Rodarte are always my pick for innovative design. This time, Yoko Ono’s art and music were the theme. The white spiral dress above was cut by each model so that in the end the model’s dress was gone. Geometric cuts and patterns defined the lines, as is the norm for the brand. For Threeasfour, this was pretty toned down, but I’d still love to own one.

Tommy Hilfiger – It’s very hard not to associated Hilfiger with middle school in the 90’s or Dad’s playing golf, but we might be able to manage it. With the buzz of his new flagship store opening up, Hilfiger also refreshed his brand with a breezy, nautical collection that felt light, young, and nothing like middle-school or a golf course. It felt a lot more like champagne, sea air, a boardwalk, and perhaps a yacht equipped with a handsome bronzed chap named Giancarlo donning a pair of crisp linen pants. (We can dream, right?)

All images {via} Style.com edited for the Little Pink Book

Jenn Ortiz is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in History and Latin American Studies with hopes to pursue a PhD in Child Development. She believes there is beauty in everything around us; from the inside out, outside in. She currently runs {Bits of Beauty} a place you just feel good about and guest blogs for Design Tavern and Wishpot.


  1. Thanks Jenn!

    Can't wait to see what you write for London Fashion Week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks Jenn!

    Can't wait to see what you write for London Fashion Week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks Jenn!

    Can't wait to see what you write for London Fashion Week! ๐Ÿ™‚