New York Fashion Week: Top Trends

Baby I’m from New York!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s  nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York!
These streets will make you  feel brand new,
Big lights will inspire you,
Hear it for New York!
(New  York, New York, New York)

chorus of New York by Alicia Keys

When Alicia Keys sang those words to her infamous song “New York”, I think she was referring to the recent New York Fashion Week. The opportunity to have been able to experience this year’s shows would have been an honour and privilege. However it wasn’t meant to be but I was lucky enough to have the next best thing, access to plenty of live-streams and pictures of the coverage via the internet. From the exquisite designs to the stylish celebrities and socialites who attended, it is no wonder that New York Fashion Week is one of the most coveted events amongst those who follow the fashion scene or those in the fashion industry. Now that New York Fashion Week is officially over even though I feel it went by too fast, I have closely examined all the spring/summer 2013 looks and I’ll share with you the top trends amongst the designers.

Here are the highlights:

  • The designers turned up the level of sexy with many designs brandishing harnesses.

both left and center: Jason Wu, BCBG Max Azria

  • While on the subject of sexy, it couldn’t have been brought to the table without the lace and the sheer, it was draped, layered and mixed with solid garments.

Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera,  Carmen Marc Valvo

Badgley Mischka, Tadashi,  Vivienne Tam

  •  Another appealing look that was on the runway was leather, from all-over pieces to panelled pieces of leather incorporated into designs, it was hot, hot, hot.

both left and center: Reem Acra, Derek Lam

  • The cut-out trend is still with us but the designers are mastering this look this season with more sophisticated peek-a-boo here, and there.

Diane Von Furstenberg, Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors

  • Stripes are still trendy and were seen on the runways in various sizes and colours.
    Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger
  • Even though  this year’s very fashionable Olympics is over, the sporty look is still with us.

Helmut Lang, Rag & BoneJen Kao

  • There was also noticeable colour trends and the ones that popped the most were yellow, pink, orange blue and green.
    Lela Rose, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta

 Jenni Kayne, Honor, Marchesa

Vivienne Tam, BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera

Farah Angsana, Rebecca Taylor, Peter Som

Lela Rose, Zac Posen, Rag & Bone

  • The traditional colours of black and white could not be left out of this affair.

left and center: Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta

DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Honor

So there you have it folks and now that you have seen what’s coming for spring/summer 2013, we can rest assure that we would be looking fierce and  fabulous in 2013. Remember even though you can’t control the trends you can dictate your style, so choose the ones that compliment you well.

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Queen Of The 212

Known for her unique rawness which treads on the thin line between sexy and vulgar, Azealia Banks welcomed us to the 212 and now it seems she is about to take over all the other area codes. The 21-year-old rapper has fallen in love with fashion scene and the fashion industry is loving her back.

Azealia has been featured on magazine covers.

Azealia has also caught the eyes of Karl Lagerfield and is now starred in Alexander Wang’s new fall video campaign.

Another major achievement which she has attained in the fashion industry is that Azealia has been signed on with Mac Cosmetics and will be releasing her very own lipstick. It will be a limited edition deep plum shade named after the Azealia’s alter-ego ‘ Yung Rapunxel’ valued at US $15 available on http://www.maccosmetics.com, come september 5th and in New York City Mac stores from September 6th till September 20th.

Click to see the 212 Music Video

Click to see the Azealia Banks in Alexander Wang Fall Campaign

So, it definitely looks like we”ll be seeing much more of Ms. Azealia Banks around.

The New Fashion Trend

The new fashion must-have has been popping up in magazines, all around Paris, New York and London and almost everywhere. Though this trend isn’t anything new to us as we all have owned or used one at least once in our lives, it has become more than just a means of transportation within the fashion world. The bicycle or bike for short is becoming a fashion accessory amongst the fashionistas and has been trending due to the many siting of models and fashionistas biking from show to show during the various fashion weeks. Not to be left out, everyday street stylers are also rocking hard fashion while on their bikes. So the next time you’re heading out and making your mental check list before you close the door, don’t be surprise if you check off a bike off that list.

Miss Plus Caribbean Universe 2012 Barbados Delegate

When I look for the beauty in someone, I don’t let society dictate my thinking as to what it should be but rather how I perceive it. True beauty is a combination of both inward and outward qualities and nothing to do with height, size or colour. We as women are not all the same, we come in all different shapes and sizes and I applaud pageants that celebrate the difference in all of us. Personally, I believe that once your size doesn’t cause any dangers to your health, then it shouldn’t be an issue. On that note, I have the privilege to give you a sneak peek into her life of one of Barbados plus-size models, the beautiful Alicia Clarke, delegate in the Miss Plus Caribbean Universe 2012. The pageant is schedule for September 1st at the Plantation Garden in Barbados.

 This Barbadian beauty was the winner of 2010 Miss Barbados Amateur Plus Size Model competition. Alicia is currently locally signed with Kingsley Thorne of the Ebony Models agency and she has worked for fashion designers such as New York’s Jewel Shannon and Boston’s Morella Butcher. With a strong personal drive, Alicia believes that her only limitation lies within herself, so she really has no limits as she accomplishes all things she sets her mind to.  She has been modelling for 3 years and aspires to be an international plus size model, becoming an advocate for full-figured women and inspire them to be confident, learn to love themselves and embrace their curves. Moreover, she wants women to know it’s not your size but your attitude that allows one to be successful.

This positive attitude has helped Alicia to successively manage her time that along with her day job, she utilises her talents as a  hair and nail technician to beautify women giving them that extra boost of confidence. Apart from her hectic daily life and concentrating on this pageant, Alicia has taken a step further in the direction of fulfilling her goal as an advocate for fill-figured women, as she will be producing this year’s Miss Barbados Amateur Plus Size Model competition. According to Alicia, the only plus she sees  in her life is her happiness.

 Miss Plus Caribbean Universe Barbados Delegate for  more of Alicia Clarke.

Miss Plus Caribbean Universe for more on the pageant.