Ainsley Fall 2012 Preview. The Ainsley brand is described as “A collection of limited-edition pieces centered on modern design and sustainability , rather than a reflection on current trends, Ainsley is always seeing the new while retaining a respect for the past.”
Watch the captivating video preview below. We are loving the aesthetic of this label, and an excellent choice of music by Brightblack Morning Light. Two other videos on their YouTube channel.
The hot pink accent dots scattered across Tibi’s Fall collection 2011 surely are infectious. To be honest, some of the dresses that were showcased made the models look as if they are six months into pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean that I was completely turned off by this collection. In fact, I thought the tones and patterns to Tibi’s pastel colored dresses were magnificent, and the ruffles towards the end of the collection were absolutely stunning. My favorite piece is the white snowflake dress that makes you feel as if you’re lost in a fairytale. What girl would not dream about wearing this dress after seeing this beauty? Tibi puts together elegance with sexiness all in one, and the quality of the dresses makes it clear that Tibi is indeed one of the hottest contemporary lines out there in New York. — Vela Susan Park View the collection in the slideshow below
The sleek, dark creations that emerged from the J. Mendel runway were art deco inspired, with bold, crisp patterns. Designer Gilles Mendel presented a wonderfully sensual collection of streamlined gowns that did not skimp on opulence. A bleached silver fox coat was charmingly sedate with charcoal felt wool sleeves. Ditto with the black sheared mink and wool felt. This is a perfect example of how fur can translate into daywear and the contrast/balance feels right: luxury items, when dressed down becomes casually chic. And when you pair it with the menswear trend of relaxed yet structured tailoring, the effect is entirely effortless. One stunner we noticed during the show was a pink embroidered silk mousseline gown, worn with a silk scarf and thigh high mocha suede boots. The sheer romanticism was enough to make any girl swoon. Another great detail was the black tribal embroidery that rested on sheer sleeves. The delicate see-through fabric made the dark beading appear as if it were tattooed against the skin. You would think this added detail would clash with the collection, but it lent an unexpected, rebellious feel to the gowns.
— Jeanie Kwak
Photos and video by Stevyn Llewellyn
Watch the runway finale below.