New York Fashion Week Spring 2012: BCBG, Cynthia Rowley, Jason Wu, Peter Som

Runway coverage provided by: The Fashion Spot

It may just be the beginning of Fall, but New York is already buzzing about what’s hot for Spring as NY Fashion Week hit Lincoln Center on September 8. Here are a few highlights from some of the best shows from Days 1 and 2:


It’s easy to look at most anything that the likes of J. Mendel and Marchesa show and want it, but it certainly adds more fun to the mix when you’re looking at a collection like this season’s BCBG Max Azria and want most of it and know that it won’t leave your wallet completely empty by the end. While the show featured the class fluid silhouettes that we’ve come to expect from the brand, a number of them were considerably more intricate than the typical BCBG. Cut-outs, layering, and delicate pleating alongside powerfully bold color-blocked hues made for surprisingly original looks.

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Cynthia Rowley has a knack for making the most mundane exciting. Case in point, she teamed up with Band-Aid for a line of designer bandages that include ones covered in images of sequins and runway models, and she has previously given everything from diapers to bicycles fashionable makeovers. Rowley brings that same knack to her contemporary fashion line, which this season included a mix of opulent, metallic prints, geometric-accented pieces, and solid neutrals, all of which gave interesting twists to closet staple cuts. In a reflection of the fact that Rowley has a little something for everyone, her Spring 2012 show attracted Alexa Chung, Nigel Barker, Kelly Rutherford, and none other than Lindsay Lohan.

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The beauty in Jason Wu collections is that they seem to stem off of each other. No matter the inspiration, this season it was graffiti artist KAWS with whom he designed the show’s standout print, Wu manages to maintain his impressive eye for shape and an air of uptown sophistication. In spite of the collection’s downtown inspiration, the show was filled with pieces that fans such as the First Lady are sure to snap up come spring. Conservative design elements such as high collars and nipped in waists were paired with sheer fabrications and short-shorts making the models look like uptown women, off duty.

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The New York Times recently profiled select designers and asked them how 9/11 has affected their business. Among them was Peter Som and it’s clear that in many respects he’s come a long way in the last decade. Expanding upon the simple, elegantly feminine dresses we already know Som can do well, the designer displayed some of the running trends thus far and presented a collection that was full of bright colors and vibrant prints – a number of which included oversized realist florals that recalled the Spring 2011 Jil Sander (who also showed candy-colored oversized florals) and Stella McCartney (who showed citrus fruits so real you could almost taste the juice oozing from the garments) collections.

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