By Ella Riley-Adams
Every September, New York is a twitter with the autumn preening ritual of the sartorial world. During Fashion Week, editors, journalists, celebrities and socialites flock to see designers showcase their wares on the runway then bask in the afterglow at champagne-fueled fêtes.
It’s a glamorous time, and if you keep up with fashion blogs and magazines, you’ve no doubt been hit by inevitable pangs of fashion week envy. Alas, we can’t all sit next to Ryan Lochte front row at Rebecca Minkoff, but everyone can look stunning on their next MeetMoi dinner date. Study the latest runway trends (and after-party moments) to plan an outfit that’s fashion week fresh. We’ve got a few designers—and their budget-friendly counterparts–to make your stylish daydreams reality.
Marc by Marc Jacobs This collection was all about mixed patterns, fun colors, and layered pieces. The women wore checkered scarves on their heads, necks, and around their waists. For men, one button down could never be enough. These pieces evoked a festive picnic in a field, crayon-colored bunting strung around the trees.
Bring spring to winter 2012 by following Jacobs’ layering example. On bottom: tights, socks, and heels. On top: dress, sweater, cardigan, coat, and scarf. We like Irish designer Electronic Sheep’s loud pattern. If you’re going for coffee instead of dinner, layer your scarf over Elizabeth and James’ almost-tunic Damien shirt. You’ll be altogether warm and stylish. Plus, taking off outer layers is a fun, innocent flirtation; perfect for a first encounter.
Rodarte Structured pieces and rich jewel tones were the overarching themes in the designer’s spring collection. And we even got some fringe! We’re especially fond of Rodarte’s trapezoidal tops, both long and short-sleeved.
Have you been invited to a whiskey library or questionable punk show? Then you know it’s time to get geometric and jewel-y in a Rodarte-inspired outfit. Try Rebecca Minkoff skinny studded pants with H&M’s emerald Merino Wool landscape sweater. If you anticipate jumping up and down at said questionable concert, go for a black oxford or ankle boot. Otherwise, dress up the sweater with heeled booties or violet pumps. Knot your hair into a low bun for the slicked-back Rodarte effect.
Alice + Olivia’s Spring 2013 collection is thoroughly flirty, feminine, and unabashedly retro. A lacy baby blue dress with delicate capped sleeves one-ups this summer’s lace shorts trend, while a simple, glittery nude dress makes us wish for warmer days.
Make Stacey Bendet proud by proposing tea with your next MeetMoi match. Wear a pearl-embroidered pencil skirt from Zara, Mary Jane heels (put on bobby socks if you’re afraid of cold feet) and a “gallery green” silk blouse. If you’re looking for another layer and wanting to treat yourself, try a grey basketweave print (hey! Alice + Olivia!) button-down.
Jason Wu after-party To celebrate his show, Jason Wu hosted a gathering at The Double Seven, a typically chic Meatpacking cocktail lounge. Many guests were clad in simple knits and fur, bracing against incoming autumn. Stylist Kate Young wore black leather pants, reflecting Wu’s runway material of choice.
To achieve the insouciance of a socialite, mix materials within a somber color palette (Wu stuck mostly to black and white at his show). Try a black leather pencil skirt paired with Anthropologie’s textured pullover in ivory. Add dark green heels and a chunky tan scarf and you’re ready to sip a Thresher at the dark Double Seven bar (or, for that matter, any stylish NYC locale of your choice).