When Bob Dylan crooned the stirring lyrics, "The times they are a-changin'," we know he wasn't talking about New York Fashion Week's uptown march from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center. Yet, like a well-executed front row ensemble, the phrase is spot-on. Yes, dear readers, due to the buzzing, up-to-the-minute coverage from tweeters, editors, and style enthusiasts alike, by now you surely know that the cr√®me de la cr√®me of fashion events has a new address. But what does relocating NYFW to the majestic performing arts institution of Lincoln Center mean for our favorite sartorial circus? Well, for one, it validates the fashion fest as the veritable art form we've always known it to be, and additionally, we like the new location's upgrades. The new home to what's haute comes complete with a blogging station, Starbucks, blow-dry bar, and a new check-in process that involves barcodes. However, while this exciting transition allows everyone from Cathy Horyn to civilian "haulers" share a piece of the cognescenti pie, there is one thing about this beloved fashion fest that will always stay the same: no matter how fast trends now travel, we can always count on our most beloved stylesetters to lead the pack with their killer outfits and innate knack for what looks good. As such, today, we ask you to gather 'round the laptops and iPads as we bring you part one of our New York Fashion Week coverage, and hope that you find these six ladies' ensembles to be just as stellar as we do!
Our fashion week coverage would never be complete without a nod to a quintessential editor-in-training¬--the perennially polished Olivia Palermo. To attend Peter Som's show at Milk Studios, The City star opted for a chic, military-inspired look consisting of olive-hued Joie pants and a Diane von Furstenberg shirt, then punctuated the outfit with a blazer that speaks directly to her love for classic-meets-trendy fare (it was custom-made for her by designer Frank Tell). Palermo flashed a bit of tough-girl sexiness with lace-up Charlotte Olympia Patent Lace Up Boots ($1652) and further piled on luxe textural intrigue with her CC Skye The Onie Messenger Bag ($595)¬--perfect for housing her notebook and scarf! Finally, balancing out the strong look with a touch of the feminine, Palermo opted for some signature shimmer with a statement necklace courtesy of Lulu Frost.
We can always count on supermodel/designer Erin Wasson to bring us a look from the front lines of fashion, and at the S/S 11 NYFW shows, she did not disappoint. For the Alexander Wang show, she picked an of-the-moment crochet-like dress from Australia line Scanlan & Theodore's S/S 10 collection. The resulting look was decidedly architectural and modern, yet still soft, due to the asymmetrical frock's mesmerizing mauve hue. We love how she grounded her net-like dress with sturdy Gee WaWa black wedge boots, for an unfussy look that's worthy of any front-row seat.
One of the most talked about pre-fashion week events¬--the reopening of the Soho Chanel store last Thursday¬--was a seriously style-star-studded soiree. Alongside tastemakers like Rachel Zoe, Blake Lively, Rachel Bilson, and SJP, model Chanel Iman looked absolutely incandescent in a glittery Chanel frock. We love how her eye-catching dropped-waist dress has a roaring twenties vintage appeal, while her red leather quilted Chanel bag is spot-on for fall. And, as magpies for glitz, we couldn't help but go ga-ga for her dazzling, detailed stilettos, yet also appreciate how she tempered the festive factors at play with minimal hair and makeup. The result is an effortlessly sexy look ideal for a Girl's Night Out!
Minimalism is one of our favorite looks for fall, so we were thrilled that South African stunner Charlize Theron picked a fashion-forward monochromatic look for Christian Dior's Fashion's Night Out event at their Madison Avenue Boutique last Friday. Her sophisticated ensemble¬--consisting of a mixture of subtly luxurious fabrics like a silky black top, tweed pants, and a matte black blazer¬--effuses a sartorial maturity worth emulating. Plus, we love how Theron countered this refined and timeless look with of-the-moment Christian Dior lace-up booties.
One of our favorite Gossip Girl ladies¬--Jessica Szohr, a.k.a Vanessa Abrams¬--proves that incorporating a few casual pieces into your outfit can still result in an ultra-chic look. While attending the Rag & Bone S/S 11 show, Szohr kept her top half dressy and sophisticated with a sheer blouse from said label and a black fitted blazer. For the lower half, she opted for a pair of gray cotton shorts¬--Rag & Bone's Montpelier Shorts ($230) to be exact¬--and suede Loeffler Randall Francesca Boots ($171), which gave her look a decidedly cool and comfortable vibe.
Always a serious jaw-dropper, actress Diane Kruger looked absolutely impeccable at Saks Fifth Avenue's Fashion's Night Out event held at the New York store. We appreciate that Kruger selected a frock in one of fall's hottest shades, as well as the way she contrasted Prabal Gurung's flirty Crepe Caplet Dress ($1850) with masculine, army-inspired shoes from the designer's F/W 10 collection. The result is an unexpected and directional cocktail look that has us dying for a pair of killer, silver-toed lace-up boots.¬--Liza Kaplan and Jessica Baker