New York Fashion Week Part One

New York Fashion Week Part One
Thursday, September, 15, 2011 New York has quite a few nicknames-including the Big Apple and the Empire State-but one in particular comes to mind during Fashion Week: the City That Never Sleeps! After all, who can afford to catch any shut-eye when there are so many shows to watch, street style to gaze at, and after-parties to celebrate? Certainly not your Who What Wear editors! Simply put: we can't get enough of NYFW, and since we know you can't either, dear readers, we're excited to bring you our latest installment of Fashion Scene, spotlighting some of the best-dressed femmes at the S/S 12 New York shows. From Joanna Hillman's silky print trousers to Alexa Chung's glittery booties, today's featured outfits are sure to inspire (and spark!) some serious wardrobe envy!


WHO: Arizona Muse
WHAT: Fashion's Night Out celebration at the David Yurman store last Thursday.
WEAR: Talk about getting crafty! Arizona Muse hit up the David Yurman FNO event last week wearing a shirt she made herself just a few hours before out of fabric and double stick tape. We give the model major props for her very successful last minute D.I.Y. project, especially her decision to pair it with a black Theyskens' Theory maxi skirt and a mix of David Yurman and personal jewelry for a seriously chic after-hours ensemble.

WHO: Joanna Hillman
WHAT: Snapped at the BCBGMAXAZRIA S/S 12 show at Lincoln Center last Thursday.
WHY: We're always on the lookout for Joanna Hillman's killer Fashion Week ensembles, and the outfit she put together for the first day of shows was definitely one of our favorites! Sporting her signature black shades and red lip, the Harper's Bazaar Senior Market Editor stepped out in a Rebecca Minkoff trench coat with fur trim layered over a white Theory tank top. However, it was her Tommy Hilfiger Theresa Pajama Pants ($298, 212.223.1824) and studded Mulberry bag that made this look a real winner in our book.

WHO: Karolina Kurkova
WHAT: Feting Carine Roitfeld's book, Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, at Barney's New York Saturday.
WEAR: Kurkova turned heads, as usual, when she showed up to Carine Roitfeld's book party-a karaoke bash that that lead to a few must-see performances, including Mr. Valentino singing Unforgettable and My Way-wearing a maroon and sheer paneled Altuzzara dress with beaded detailing from the F/W 11 collection. The frock is quite cool and sexy, just like Kurkova, plus, we love that she kept the focus on the dress by opting for a clean,natural beauty look.

WHO: Hanneli Mustaparta
WHAT: Photographed front row at the Yigal Azrouel S/S 12 show last Friday.
WEAR: Our jaws nearly dropped to the floor when we spotted Mustaparta in this wonderfully bright Yigal Azrouel number. Not only is it the most perfect shade of green, but the side slit gives the frock a subtly sultry vibe we love. We also tip our hats to the style blogger's lust-worthy accessories, specifically her Karen Walker Number One Crystal Sunglasses ($329), which further accentuate the fun and energetic vibe of her overall look.

WHO: Rose Byrne
WHAT: Snapped at the Bottega Veneta store for Fashion's Night Out in New York.
WEAR: Oh Rose Byrne, how we love you so! The actress celebrated FNO last week at the Bottega Veneta store and captured our attention wearing a bright pink and red frock-Bottega Veneta's Faded Stripe Dress ($2450, available here in Orange) to be exact-which she cinched with a loosely tied black sash to give the frock some shape and unfussy attitude.

WHO: Emmanuelle Alt
WHAT: Spotted front row at the Alexander Wang S/S 12 show on Saturday.
WEAR: Here at WWW, we can certainly appreciate a woman who knows what she likes and sticks to it! In the case of Emmanuelle Alt, that means plenty of button-ups and slim jeans; a timeless combo that is always stylish and chic. We came across the French Vogue Editor-In-Chief at the Alexander Wang S/S 12 show sporting an Isabel Marant chambray shirt partially tucked into white slim cropped jeans, and worn with a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sheer lace heels from the F/W 11 collection. Now that's a Fashion Week uniform we can stand by!

WHO: Leigh Lezark
WHAT: Hanging out before the Zac Posen S/S 12 show Sunday on Monday.
WEAR: We're consistently enamored with DJ/model Leigh Lezark's outfit choices, so it comes as no surprise that we're head-over-heels about her latest ensemble. We love the juxtaposition of conservative separates, including a tweed jacket and noir blouse, paired with a thigh-high-slit skirt (all Zac Posen), which adds up to one intriguing look, indeed!

WHO: Karlie Kloss
WHAT: At a BLK DNM party celebrating Purple magazine's Issue #16 at the Standard Hotel on Saturday.
WHY: We only wish we were as stylish as Karlie Kloss when we were teenagers! Per usual, the fashionable-beyond-her-years catwalker looked radiant in her black and white ensemble, which consisted of a white Urban Outfitters crop top and Doo Ri skirt. Kloss pulled off the sometimes-tricky bare midriff look with true sophistication and glamour, leaving us completely smitten (not to mention envious)!

WHO: Selita Ebanks
WHAT: Celebrating Fashion's Night Out in New York at the W Times Square.
WEAR: Selita Ebanks, you had us at kelly green 3.1 Phillip Lim suit! We one hundred percent approve of the actress' daring outfit selection, which not only lends itself to a standout look, but is perfect for the summer months! Ebanks incorporated more color into her look with blue Winick & Son NYC jewelry and red Christian Louboutin heels.

WHO: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
WHAT: Kicking of NYFW at the JCPenny and People StyleWatch "Miss for a Must" part last week.
WEAR: Now, we'd be remiss if we didn't include at least one image of the beloved Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in our NYFW week coverage. The stylish twins were hard at work prepping for The Row's S/S 12 show, but fortunately, they did have a minute to support FNO last week. It should be noted that both ladies selected black blazers from The Row, but while MK went for an edgier look with a pair of The Row leather pants and Manolo Blahnik pointed-toe brown suede boots, Ashley styled her jacket in a more feminine way, with a deep-v neck silver metallic dress (also by The Row) and Manolo Blahnik embellished kitten heels.

WHO: Alexa Chung
WHAT: Attending Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida's A Retrospective Party last Friday.
WEAR: One thing that never fails to make us giddy is an Alexa Chung-sighting at Fashion Week! It's no secret that we're huge fans of her quirky sensibilities-she's our Guest Editor this month, after all-so we were duly thrilled when we spotted her at Cynthia Rowley. For the S/S 12 show, she paired Rebecca Taylor's Ghost Flower Print Ruffle Dress ($425) with this season's most covetable shoes, Miu Miu's Glitter Booties ($890). From the frock's cutout detailing to the shoe's shimmering glitter, we can safely say we love everything about this outfit!-Jessica Baker and Erin Fitzpatrick

Photos of Alexa Chung and Rose Byrne, courtesy of Splash News; Photos of Arizona Muse, Joanna Hillman, Karlie Kloss, and Selita Ebanks, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Photos of Emmanuelle Alt and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, courtesy of Getty; Photo of Leigh Lezark, courtesy of INF
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