Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2011: Highlights

The New York Fashion week is over, but before you switch your attention to the runways in London and Paris, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite looks and trends for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 season.


I thought I would take the liberty of adding my two cents for menswear. I am in love with the styling of the Rag & Bone Fall 2011 Collection as a whole. A study in layering, imaginative use of color and pattern, perfectly complete looks down to the scarf, – it all comes together to create an effortless style.

Choosing a suit is like chemistry: every element has to work perfectly with one another to create an impeccable result. I love this suit and tie combo by Simon Spurr. The shape and cut are perfection.


I was lucky enough to see the beautiful Chado Ralph Rucci show in person at the designer’s studio in Soho. Ralph Rucci is a fashion architect and there hasn’t been anyone like him
since Gianfranco Ferré, James Galanos and Geoffrey Beane.


I loved J. Mendel collection for its edgy, rocked-out feel. This romantic nude silk gown with deep V-neckline and the peep toe boots are a monochromatic match made in heaven. The sway of the dress brings its fabric to a whole new level of existence, and the pattern of the beading made me think of Art Deco. Pure sophistication!

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Hands down my favorite collection for the upcoming fashion season was Proenza Schouler. It was sophisticated and cool with striking color combinations and an ode to New Mexico. Stand outs were the bias cut color blocked dresses, silk geo printed pants and sexy velvet numbers.

I’m a sucker for a jumpsuit and Phillip Lim always gets it right. The cobalt silk jumpsuit with cognac leather raglan sleeves at the the 3.1 Philip Lim show was magic!

I also loved Olivier Theysken’s take on Theory. The dramatic, dragging coats paired with minis felt like a fresh twist on proportion.