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Walking up 8th Avenue yesterday, Nylon’s Dani Stahl said something very refreshing, “I appreciate fashion week for what it is. I don’t hate it, I enjoy it, we’re lucky.” It was invigorating to hear an industry vet celebrate instead of put down the maniacal tendencies of the week. That said though, they are fantastically maniacal. Here, we jump head first into them.

Jen Kao set up her runway in circular formation. As Susie Lao (Style Bubble,) put it: “perhaps UFOs will descend upon us?” They didn’t, but glow in the dark laden models certainly did. This collection was an interesting transformation from a more bondage appropriate, dark place. It almost felt like Kao had made the conscious decision to move herself from the hip and grungy downtown locales and ultimately decide to show at The New York Public Library as a testament to the change. The collection felt a little bit tron, a whole lot lady who “gets it” even though most others don’t. Highlights included copious baseball caps, more exposed nipple, longer hemlines, and bungee chord strapped wood-heeled shoes. The look at left, you see, that’s my look.

Before Jen Kao though, there was Sally LaPointe and Yigal Azrouel. At LaPointe’s show, I found myself seated next to none other than Bergdorf Goodman’s own, Linda Fargo. We collectively gushed about the sublimity of a runway collection that renders wearable and yet still high brow. I was particularly impressed by the spring appropriate layering tactics as perfectly demonstrated at left. Shortly thereafter at Yigal Azrouel (right,) athletic nuns taught a story that mandated the mere notion that looser is always better.

‘Twas a season of change for Rebecca Minkoff too. The quintessential “minkette” has grown up, taken cues from the professionals around her and come back as a really hip tomboy with an affinity for ready-to-wear, doing it better than the predecessors had done it.

Also, at Rebecca Minkoff: Bitch stole my look! Just kidding…I stole hers. (Isabel Marant tee, Rebecca Minkoff bell bottoms, Reece Hudson clutch, Jennifer Fisher choker.)

Meanwhile, at Rag & Bone, Marcus and David continue to hold the throne for coolest, most culturized contemporary brand. There’s just something about stepping into a Wainright/Neville crafted something and the notion of knowing that you’ll own whatever room you choose to walk into. The cool girls this season are wearing layered pin stripes and tap shorts adorned by lace accents (left,) neon green in tea length formation (center,) over-sized t shirts with over-sized pants (right,) and across-the-board badass shoes.

At Helmut Lang, a departure from the typical monochromatic drapery is celebrated and new prints, fabrics, silhouettes and, gasp, color dominates the show. I had the opportunity to step into the Helmut Lang showroom a couple days before showtime and meet the designers. It was suite stimulating to see a mood board consisting of only kaleidoscopic designs (constructed for the show, by the way, by the designers’ favorite tattoo artist,) and an arrary of interesting sea creatures. At far left, please find “my look.”

Meanwhile at Suno: Something about Mary hair, muted colors and an entire collection fit for nothing but the most advanced repeller. That gown at left, it struck heart chords I didn’t know existed.

The Friday highlights though (aside from the Peter Som show at large,) were indubitably the final walks at Rebecca Minkoff (see: Hilary Rhoda at left…and the band Tennis playing alongside DJ Mick Boogie,) and Rag & Bone, (see: Karlie Kloss at right.) I’ll be back. Happy Saturday.

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  • Liz

    Oh Hi, why are all of these so amazing?

  • It’s amazing to hear Dani Stahl say something like that. So many attendees really don’t appreciate fashion week and complain about the insanity and how much of a burden it is. I attended my first NYFW presentation yesterday and will be at Lincoln Center for the first time today, and I can’t imagine anything else making me happier.

  • Natali

    Helmut Lang and Jason Wu are my favorites! Wonderful collections, would wear both of them, every single piece!!

  • fashionablecollections

    Those rebecca Minkoff bell bottoms are freaking awesome.


  • Sharon
  • Perry

    The cuts and prints of Helmut Lang’s jackets are a duplicate of Proenza’s fall 2012.

  • Pip

    Great pics and I’m loving your pants with that sporty tee! xx Pip

  • Sylvie

    Great concise summary with your ever so cool edge!

  • EmerJa

    You must be enjoying it a lot!!:)
    I’ve just seen a picture of you on streetfsn blog wearing the outfit you show on this post:)

  • Shazziz

    Where do I get that Isabel Maurant T???

  • CJ

    Love what you wore! Those pants 🙂


  • An act of style

    Helmut Lang was SO hot. Loved it!


  • Daniela Macsim

    Love all the prints!

  • monkeyshines

    fantastic looks!


  • Nuit Hernandez

    omg LOVE the last looks, LOVE Rebecca Minkoff!

  • Ida Eerola

    God, I love (and want) those Rebecca Minkoff pants! And you pulled it off so nicely with the Marant ss inspired tee! And I’m also obsessing over that Suno jacket. Have a really good time at NYFW!

  • emily.lin.desil

    may I have the Minkoff sheer top with the print pants please? and the Helmut Lang mixed sheer skirt (not to mention the Suno knee-length) too…and I just must have the SUNO ORANGE PEEP TOES!
    *digging around the couch for loose change*

  • Jennifer

    Rebecca Minkoff and Rag & Bone are killing it!

    xo Jennifer

  • XeanaFashion

    Sport style back in fashion! I like it’s.


  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    Rag&Bone en Rebecca MInkoff, wow!

  • Rosa {rosaandfox}

    Absolutely love Rebecca Minkoff and Rag & Bone! x

  • KZ

    what’s the dress you’re wearing in the vignette on garance’s site? I realize it was meant to showcase rumi and bryan boy, but i loved what you were wearing!

  • V @ thefashionfridge

    Definitely love Day 2 more than Day 1…. Rebecca Minkoff and Suno are two really big standouts. Can we just talk about those pants you are wearing. And the styling of the metallic blazer over skirt via Suno at far right. *drool*

  • laima hareer

    loving the pants you are wearing

  • Anna

    great collection, what a colours!

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    I really like the color and style for this collection! I can actually see myself wearing some of the outfit!

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  • crying over rag & bone and helmut lang. so perfect. :’)

  • Melissa

    I love your bell bottoms!!

  • next_2_next

    love u Rebecca !! really you are so great & amazing

  • Riikka Rekola

    LOL Have you seen this? And have you seen You in this? Not sure which is funnier you or the bffs.

    BTW this is really a compliment, am huge fan of your blog! Much Love and Repelling!

  • in the same vein as to what you and dani were discussing, i love how you’re genuinely excited about all the developments on the runway and about the general mania that is fashion week. and in all of the photos of the shows you always have the biggest smile and/or goofiest pose. so thanks for injecting a bit of fun into fashion week! and now for some serious matters, rag and bone killed it and i need those rebecca minkoff bell bottoms asap.


  • Cecille Swayneson

    Love the outfit you’re wearing. Nailed it. x