Talking Fall ’12 Trends With Jonathan Valdez

In February, I went to my friend Jonathan Valdez‘s tweet up event at the Mandarin Oriental during fashion week. There, he interviewed me about the Fall trends I was seeing on the runways and my favorite shows. Now that these runway looks are finally available in stores (can’t believe it’s almost Fall!) he posted the video on his blog, Orange Juice and Biscuits.

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The Best & Worst of the Fall 2012 Ads

Now that Spring ’13 is upon us (a month away to be exact), that means stores are finally getting in the Fall ’12 merchandise (see how fashion makes sense) and the new ad campaigns are out for all to judge. As always, there are some good ones and some that just confuse me, so to make things easy we’re just going to do this superlative style.

PhotobucketWorst hair: Chanel. I know it’s Chanel but come on…it looks like Edward Scissorhands went to town on this poor girl.

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Prabal Gurung Fall 2012: Return Of The Blue Pants

Although Prabal Gurung showed his Fall 2012 collection nearly 3 weeks ago, this was one I couldn’t help but dedicate a full post to (save the best for last right?) Plus, Kate Bosworth killed at at the Oscars Vanity Fair after party in Prabal’s newest collection the other night…so this is well deserved.

While most designers started their Fall ’12 shows with all white looks, Prabal did the complete opposite with striking models in black. I tend to look at black as boring, however this was FAR from. These looks had the intricate detailing that Prabal is known for and made me just as excited as when I first laid eyes on those melting purple pants. The prints and sheer cut outs seen in his Spring 2012 collection  carried over for Fall but this time Prabal showed more gold and deep blue as opposed to turquoise and purple.

My favorite part about this collection was the return of the blue pants (updated and modified of course). I first fell in love with Prabal after seeing his Spring 2010 collection, specifically these blue pants. Something about them intrigued me and I’ve been a huge Prabal fan ever since. It’s been amazing to see how he’s evolved as a designer and I always look forward to what he’s going to wow us with season after season.

I could ramble for hours about how amazing this collection is (and how much I love the makeup), but you’d probably get sick of me obsessing over Prabal so instead just take a look at some photos…

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Photos via Style.com

Whitney Eve Fall 2012

I’m normally not one to support celebrities that have gone designer, but Whitney Port is one of the few doing it right. Her contemporary label, Whitney Eve, has all the elements young girls want to wear. For Fall 2012, she incorporated florals, textured knits, mixed prints and velvet. The silhouettes are feminine, playful and easy to wear which fits perfectly with the day-to-night aesthetic of these looks.

I was standing very close to where Kelly Cutrone herself was calling the show, this was a Peoples Revolution productions of course, and it was cool to see her in action (I’m a big KC fan). A remix of Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” started the show, which was probably some of the most exciting music I heard at any of the Fall 2012 shows. So already I was very pumped to see the clothes.

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When it comes to business and design, Whitney seems to know what she’s doing and knows her target market. These are definitely clothes she would wear herself and translate very well for everyday. Here are some of the key looks from Whitney Eve Fall 2012…

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Images via FabSugar

Emerson Fall 2012: Dresden Dolls

For Fall 2012, Emerson designer Jackie Fraser-Swan was initially inspired by an antique art piece of a porcelain doll, known as the “Dresden Dolls.” When she found out this originated in Dresden, Germany, which was severely damaged during WWII, she became more and more intrigued, so her research into the 1940s began…and ultimately led to the inspiration for her latest collection.

Some further ideas that are incorporated into Emerson’s Fall 2012 collection include: the black and white images of the WWII aftermath, women’s roles changing and heading into the work force and their development of style, beauty and independence. I love both the masculine and feminine elements of this collection along with the color palette. I’m a sucker for purple, which was one of the main colors seen throughout this collection, and shown with the grey print was a really great combination.

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PhotobucketLet’s just say that the ombre wool poncho (pictured above) will be mine.

Images via WWD