Recap: New York Fashion Week

As much as I’m a sucker for pretty dresses and heels, I don’t consider myself a fashion junkie. Why bother paying attention to the real collections when your best friend-slash-stylist will select and edit your entire spring wardrobe for you? (Thanks, Cori Sue!)

That being said, I do consider fashion to be art. And art I love. To Cori Sue’s extreme jealousy, I had the good fortune of getting my hands on a few coveted Fashion Week invitations: Milly by Michelle Smith and Proenza Schouler, which were like night and day. Or rather, day and night.

By Day: Milly by Michelle Smith

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Pony tails and big sunglasses paraded down the runway to funky French music. This is my work style, I thought: It’s bright, colorful, geometric patterns on beautifully constructed dresses, coats, button-down blouses and cigarette pants.

The clothes, in deep blues, lime greens, and oranges, all had a vintage vibe, but with a shot of energy. The dresses had deep cut-outs in the back, which I loved. Oh, and I am pleased to report, my favorite rain hat will finally be in fashion this spring. Hurrah.

A few of my favorites from the collection:

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith, Spring 2012

This show was in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent at Lincoln Center, which offered perhaps the best people-watching experience I’ve ever had in my life. Good God, the ridiculous people in that tent. I cannot even put it into words.

By Night: Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

I never thought I’d be in the company of Pharrell, Rachael Zoe, or Alexa Chung. But there I was, in my ridiculous polka dot dress, in the front row of this fashion show, surrounded by beautiful celebrities and models.

It was held in the West Village, in a warehouse that had wall-to-wall brown shag carpeting. The models weaved around the rows of benches, between spotlights hanging from the ceiling, giving each guest a close look at the eel-skin dresses and skirts (yes, you read that right).

Is this supposed to be safari chic? Where are the tiki torches? Or is this grungy 1960s cocktail chic? Why am I the only person in this room wearing any color? And why do the clothes look like they were made from old furniture covers?

OK, I’ll stop. Because I do recognize that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are fashion geniuses. And that this was one heck of a show. A few of my favorites from the collection:

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler, Spring 2012

Note to self: Don’t wear your work outfit to the hottest evening show during Fashion Week. Especially if it’s in a warehouse in the West Village. And especially if there’s a 5% chance Rachael Zoe will show up.

‘Till February …

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