That’s a Wrap

Leandra Medine | February 17, 2012

New York Fashion Week has come, gone and without even a proper farewell traveled across the pond to ruffle feathers in London. If I could make one sweeping statement about the nature of this season’s shows in New York it would be this: the aforementioned mature being thrown around in most every review means a couple things. 1. What’s relevant now could have been relevant three seasons ago, will be relevant three seasons from now. This is a good thing: buy now, wear forever. 2. Something about the economy. One tends to speak for the other. Maybe the reintroduction of so much fur means consumers are ready to spend again. Here’s a look at last licks of Fashion Week.

Last season saw Proenza Schouler fans confused. The collection was a reversion of sorts, trendy in a capacity that made it a little past it’s time in the current. This season though, they retook their throne.

Proenza Schouler opened the show in an array of over-sized white silhouettes paired with rugged chunky shoes. The sporadic leather trouser made its way too but the general vibe of this show was as put it, “Asian in a New York way.” Uneven hems on jackets, skirts, oriental birds on nipples, sewn fabrics in yellow, blue, burgundy, orange, green, and more high collars gave this collection the same joie de vivre the 2009 spring collection garnered with it’s attention to surf culture.

See that? Clunkers fit for a repeller, give them to me now.

Meanwhile at Ralph Lauren, everything was very…Ralph Lauren. The classic herringbone, hounds-tooth, wool nature of the Americana brand made its way onto the runway again sprinkled over burgundy and red velvets, interesting headgear and gold lame accents–it seems we may be entering a second gilded age. These two looks were favorites. A vignette of Mr. Peanuts sister at left, the alpha-repeller, fit to abominate even the most revealing body-con dress at right.

And over at Calvin Klein, the standard of American classic, Occupy Wall Street protesters failed to destroy the final show of Fashion Week and the tailored, chic, comfortable silhouettes did in fact prevail. This particular show always offers the most longevity, even in its most trendy spirit: a melon colored metallic belted coat, over-sized leather trousers, it’s a buy now, wear forever tale as old as time. I’d go so far as to guess that this season Calvin may obtain even more recognition because, well, it seems like everyone wanted to become the new American classic. The end.

  • Holly

    Adore the Ralph Lauren looks!

  • Fashion Agony

    PS is amazing this year! Love everything from that collection!

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  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    love the proenza new collection!!!!

  • WearAbouts

    the clunker boots are so aweesome! <3

  • Tina
  • silviasiantar

    AMAZING!! PROENZA is love!


  • Jessie

    actually loved this collection. have to say that i haven't been such a fan in the past of their collections but this was a good one. i love those shoes too!

  • Roxanna

    Absolutely love the Proenza collection!

    xx Roxanna

  • Natali

    Proenza collection was amazing!!

  • Clémence

    So good to hear you humour and see that you're still in one piece after the big rush of the FW!

    Take care,


  • Material Fixations

    Some really cool and potentially classic pieces. I love that Ralph Laurenstayed true to itself and that Proenza on the other hand shook things up a litlle. Mostly I love Calvin Klein.

    Material Fixations

  • Erika Swan

    I love the Proenza Schouler shoes!!! Nice post! Thanks


  • Karin

    Is that a big stain a cross the front of the grey Calvin Klein jacket or am I not comprehending some detail here. Looks like a plus-sized collection.

  • Feelgoodlookcute

    I love Proenza Schouler!!!


  • Jodi

    The PS shoes are fantastic. When does the wait list start?

  • YoUngLiNgToN

    NYFW is over that's a little sad to me because I always love to see Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs every new collections but I will cheer me up with Paris Fashion Week

  • TripsTreasures

    Really like the Proenza collection, very special in a subtle way.
    And Calvin Klein deserves to be the real American classic, looks great
    new outfit post

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  • Sage

    those heels are amazing! they even look vaguely comfortable, too, which might be nice…

  • Sharon

    The Proenza Schouler collection is amazing as always!


    These shoes are perfect!!!

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Love the simple collection of Calvin Klein and those shoes from Proenza Schouler!!!

  • Nuit

    Ralphhhh!!! luvs it.

  • everYOURS everMINE

    love proenza!

  • Joya Preziosi
  • Aubrey and Melissa

    Wow these are so amazing! Beautiful Calvin pieces.

  • kaitlyntru

    Your reviews are seriously enticing. PS – I hadn't actually seen the detail of the PS shoes.
    Um those are insane. xx

  • Nicole Moore

    I absolutely adore your posts!

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  • The life after

    I don't like the fashion shows you propose here!

    The Life After

  • matchalattewardrobe

    Even if this isn't strictly innovating, i find the classical tailored silhouette in the last snapshots very interesting.

  • Jannine

    i felt exactly the same about proenza. it seemed they had shifted in a weird direction, but they absoulutely caught my eye again now. with this bold and 100% authentic collection. madness. i KNEW those shoes would be totally YOU.

  • kaye

    hahaha I like that you called them "clunkers". SNAP! I want some clunkers too :)

  • Karissa

    The Proenza show was too good. loved it all.

  • Sheyla

    I love the leather trousers and when I saw the Proenza Schouler heels I knew you were gonna be into them. "Clunkers fit for a repeller", Amen.

  • Sabina

    Those open toe booties in the top right pic are gorgeous, and the clunkers are fab too!

  • Olivia Franceschini

    "A vignette of Mr. Peanut's sister at left, the alpha-repeller, fit to abominate even the most revealing body-con dress at right." Genius. You're a genius.

  • Michelle

    I agree, Proenza took it back! Love reading your takes on the collections.
    Congrats on the coverage :) cheers

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  • Rudy

    Oh wow those are very beautiful .Your excitement is clearly justified! I want to tell youtrue religion shorts is my favorite and hope you can come in and see.