{iStyle} NYFW FW 2011: Victoria Beckhams’s 100th Dress + Marc Jacobs’ Bold Prints

Major NYFW Trend: Calf-Length Skirts

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

There comes a time where fashionistas everywhere join together in gleeful anticipation.

Twice a year fashion’s biggest and brightest minds meet in bustling New York City to share their latest creations. Besides the fact that this A-list crowd of designers throw one hell of a party– it’s the trends we yearn for. Those few not-so-subtle commonalities that we integrate into our seasonal wardrobes.

NYFW Fall 2011 was no exception.

Among the major emerging trends, that the fashion world has been buzzing about, include chic calf-length hemlines, bold color combinations, dramatic ponchos, nearly floor-length cloaks, strong dark furs and eye-popping patterns.

Victoria Beckham

From raising a family – and being newly pregnant – to creating a killer runway presentation.

Rumor has it that Beckham is currently submitting pieces to the soon-to-be- Princess Kate Middleton.

Add royal stylist-extraordinaire to her resume and this chic Brit has done it all.

Beckham’s Fall 2011 collection was a daring departure from her typical tailored, frame hugging mini dresses.

Throughout her 29 piece collection, the Bristish designer strayed from skin tight silhouettes and embraced a much easy breezy carefree attitude.

Her loose, draping dresses glided down the catwalk in bright primary colors – a pallet sure to warm up the season.

The collection was special for many reasons in particular, the most importnant being that Beckham had the opportunity to present the 100th dress she has ever designed.

The striking saffron, double collar, fitted dress was adorned with her classic signature zip running down the spine.

“It was important for me to make my 100th dress one of my signature silhouettes. This dress represents not only where my original vision began, but also highlights the key elements of this season, “ said Beckham.

Beckham and Christian Louboutin also premiered their first shoe collaboration; the stylish frocks were accessorised with knee-high boots ans sultry heels.

Beckham certainly didn’t stop there. She continued to impress with a mixture of hooded comfortable dresses and blousy, silken ensembles as well as a wealth of pleats in metallic chiffon and jacquard.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc never disappoints.

Jacobs proved that the Seventies trend is to survive another season as his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection insinuated a retro revival.

Slinking down the catwalk in soft fedoras and tinted shades the Marc Jacobs models were outfitted in high-waisted trouser pants, preppy plaid, tailored cinch-waisted jacktes and an abundance of soft sensual silks; further enhancing the label’s reputation as the go-to name for quirky trendsetters.

It’s clear that Jacobs has one of the most influential shows – and one of the most anticpated – throughout all of NYFW.

So it should come as no suprise that some of the must-have fall trends, that the industry is ushing over, can be found within the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.

For one, Jacob’s bold, striking patterns were a treat for the eyes.

By mixing and matching prints, Jacobs created a look that not only was cohesive but looked nearly effortless.

With soft fabrics that hugged each frame, belted waistlines and simple, earth-toned accessories Jacobs made vintage look trendier than ever.

Shades of burnt orange, saffron, camel and plum were paired with sleek simple hair.

There was an ample amount of tweed as well, which just added to the overall Seventies feel.

Delicated knits and long sleeves gave this collection a much more polished, adult-look compared to his typical youthful, flirty creations.

To top it all off, Jacobs employed a full range of velvet ties, and fur-trimmed coats.

Yet again, another NYFW trend is seen in Jacobs’ calf-length hemlines – seen both in his dresses and form fitting skirts.

His successful combination of synthetic metallic fabrics coupled with fitted couture tops captures a futuristic meets delicate, lady-like persona.

Ever wonder how much a show of such epic proportions – like that of Marc Jacobs – actually costs?

Interestingly enough, a recent post from Styleite, broke it down estimating that the show must have cost around a cool million dollars.

According to the post, Jacobs hired 63 models to appear in 63 outfits for a total of 45 seconds at a time.

The eccentric designer had 1,100 yards of white vinyl shipped from California to New Jersey, where it was then turned into the 20-foot columns that bordered the entrance to the catwalk. The benches, lining the runway were mirrored by hand, as was the runway.

All in all, approximately five hundred guests attended the show, and witnessed the stylish beauty that is Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Kelly Ahern is a recent Roger Williams University graduate living in New England. Graduating with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and a Core Concentration in Italian, Ahern is an aspiring PR professional who loves social media, fashion and traveling. Currently she is a Social Media & Content Strategist for a Rhode Island-based digital marketing firm. You can find her on Twitter @Kelly_Ahern.

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