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DKNY’s Black and Red Night

Most people don’t get the chance to attend fashion week. But thanks to Donna Karan and American Express, fashion fans got a taste of what it’s like to be in the industry. For my final show at Mercedes-Benz fashion week, I joined American Express Cardmembers for a one-a-kind experience viewing DKNY’s resort collection on the runway.

While everything for spring has been so beautiful, we’ll all have to wait another season for the merchandise to hit store. But this collection is available now! The real treat was hearing designer Donna Karan take the stage and speak about her inspiration. Of course, it was New York, more specifically nighttime. While the native New Yorker is known for wearing and showing black, for Donna Karan, red is equally important. “There’s no difference between black and red,” she explains.

The thought carries through in her collection, with black lace dresses, red faux fur and enough capes to make any woman a fashion super hero. It’s the perfect end to fashion week… and an exciting beginning to a new shopping season!

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This week I learned about all of the New York Fashion Week opportunities American Express has for their Cardmembers and final event was a real treat.  I attended their DKNY Resort show at Lincoln Center that was exclusively for Cardmembers.  

To kick off the show, Donna Karan and stylist, Mary Alice Stephenson spoke to the audience about the collection.  “Showing a collection that is actually in season is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Karan explained.  She discussed that her inspiration for the collection was the night as almost everything in her collection is black, with some navy and red.  “Red is always black to me.”

The show was choreographed to a live music performance by Lykke Li and showcased silk dresses, sequin black tops, leather and faux fur jackets and body skimming, sophisticated clothes with an edge.  

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales from the show went to Karan’s charity, Urban Zen.  While the atmosphere was very different from shows I’m used to attending as a blogger and editor, it was a really exciting consumer event and I was very impressed by the access American Express gave their members.

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The Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2012 show was by far my favorite show of the season.  The show opened to a grungy rock and roll version of Marilyn Manson’s, Sweet Dreams, which was a beautiful contrast against the glamour of the high fashion gowns that owned the mirrored runway.  The energy was electric and the audience, left in awe.

Red beaded gowns with intricate detail, black tulle dresses, printed floral ball gowns, lace off the shoulder gowns, high slit skirts with ruffles, low back beaded tops and an ostrich feather skirt were all part of the collection.

After the show I had the opportunity to speak with Naeem Khan in the American Express Skybox.  ”With my collection, it’s all about the emotional connection,” he said.  ”The moment a woman feels glamorous in my clothes is the connection.”

His inspiration for the collection was modernizing old Hollywood and adding some touches of Spain.  Even though a ton of work goes into each collection, Khan was working on this for two and a half months, and it took ten days to make.  He worked closely at his privately owned factory in India with 45 seamstresses, 10 craftsmen, 10 embroiderers and then sent the fabrics and designs about 600 people in the factory to make the actual creations before they were sent to the US and finalized.

Khan was anxious to tell me and other Amex Cardmembers about his collection and I was excited to learn about the making because I hope one day he makes my wedding dress!

*This post is sponsored by American Express, but my thoughts and actions are honest.

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The Naeem  Khan Spring/Summer 2012 show was by far my favorite show of the season.  The show  opened to a grungy rock and roll version of Marilyn Manson’s, Sweet  Dreams, which was a beautiful contrast against the glamour of the high  fashion gowns that owned the mirrored runway.  The energy was electric and the  audience, left in awe.
Red  beaded gowns with intricate detail, black tulle dresses, printed floral ball  gowns, lace off the shoulder gowns, high slit skirts with ruffles, low back  beaded tops and an ostrich feather skirt were all part of the  collection.
After  the show I had the opportunity to speak with Naeem Khan in the American Express  Skybox.  ”With my collection, it’s all about the emotional connection,” he said.   ”The moment a woman feels glamorous in my clothes is the  connection.”
His  inspiration for the collection was modernizing old Hollywood and adding some  touches of Spain.  Even though a ton of work goes into each collection, Khan was  working on this for two and a half months, and it took ten days to make.  He  worked closely at his privately owned factory in India with 45 seamstresses, 10  craftsmen, 10 embroiderers and then sent the fabrics and designs about 600  people in the factory to make the actual creations before they were sent to the  US and finalized.
Khan  was anxious to tell me and other Amex Cardmembers about his collection and I was  excited to learn about the making because I hope one day he makes my wedding  dress!
*This  post is sponsored by American Express, but my thoughts and actions are  honest.

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Tonight I ventured over to MADE at Milk Studios to catch the Wayne show at 7pm. Typically, shows start late, but this one didn’t start until about  7:45 and, after a long day running around between shows in 80 degree weather, I was a bit cranky.  That is until I saw the first look – of course.
 

A silk white tuxedo dress effortlessly glided down the runway, (which the designer,Wayne Lee, told me was her favorite look of the show), and all of a sudden I was in a complete trance.  This season, Lee collaborated with Benjamin Degen, a painter she always admired to created a blue and white rope print seen on various cotton and silk dresses and tops.  Black, leather bomber jackets complimented girly flowy skirts and the color palette used was black, white, sand, bone and sky blue.
 

My favorite part was that the hair was roughly texturized and mattified into a series of braids that created an up do that created a nice contrast against the beautiful silks and gentle cottons.

After the show I was able to speak with Lee, who is about to have a baby!  When asked what was next for her she commented, “Learning how to integrate my personal life into my work life and constantly evolving and expanding my collection.”  A children’s collection in the future?  Probable.

To see more from NYFW visit BeautySweetSpot.com.

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I look forward to Jeremy Scott’s fashion show each season, he always put on a great show and it’s so fun and upbeat. Before the show I hung out at the American Express VIP Lounge to freshen up and had some lunch. Afterward I went backstage to check out the models getting their hair and makeup done. The nails were done by Patricia Yankee for Dashing Diva, she kept the nails fairly simply in clear with glitter to match the sandals that had a strap in the same color. The super cutie makeup was by MAC Cosmetics. MAC Artist Val Garland did the makeup up for cutie Charlotte Free and said the makeup was inspired by “Daisy Duke goes to Paradise.” It’s all about freckles, overblown mascara, fake lashes and blush. I loved it!

Jeremy Scott’s invite was a picture postcard with “Greetings From Paradise!” in the front and on the back was “Wish you were here.” So I thought the collection would be all about paradise, sunshine and vacation. But it turned out to be more of a farmer chic kinda collection, he was inspired by farm life and sexy hillbilly girls. The collection was all kinds of cuteness, there were cow prints, metal mesh potato sack dress (Jeremy’s personal favorite), metal mesh bandana tops, cacti prints, oh and there were even pants with cutouts on the behinds! All of Jeremy Scott’s shows front row seaters got a fabulous JS x Longchamp bag and a JS x Swatch watch, it’s seriously the best fashion week gift.

The show was all kinds of fun, LOVED IT!

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dknyprgirl:

Finale. #DKNYResort. Thanks American Express and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

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Michael Kors

It was a jungle out there at the Michael Kors Spring 2012 show.  We saw both men and women’s collections on the runway, but I’ll be focusing on the gals.  I loved the color scheme - warm rusty oranges, deep dark red and earthy browns.  There were also some great animal prints (they are here to stay!) like cheetah and mini zebra stripes. Tie dye was made grown up done in olives and browns for blouses and dresses. The silhouettes ranged from flowing chiffon caftans over maillots to what (I believe) was a stiff crocodile trench.  There were also some sportier anorak stye jackets styled monochromatically with matching pants.  In texture, crochet and feathers were a big statement for this collection. 

What I love about Michael Kors is that you could invest in a coat or a dress and a great pair of pants and they’re going to be wearable for the rest of your life.  I have memories of watching Michael on television as a teenager and listening how he dresses the American woman and it’s always stuck with me. It was such a treat to see his show live (for the first time!) with a bird’s eye view from the Skybox. 


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Chado Ralph Rucci

It’s a special treat seeing Chado Ralph Rucci at Lincoln Center. His handcrafted designs are so mesmerizing I couldn’t stop staring at the details on the monitors located in the American Express Skybox above the runway.

This season, the designer introduced plastic to his creations (every model even wore plastic fingerless gloves!). The material gave an interesting 60s mod element. But the true breathtaking pieces were in ethereal chiffon, intricate beading and incredibly crafted crepe.

Unlike other shows, the front row (which included Whoopi Goldberg) actually started clapping when they saw a design they admired. And the clapping escalated with the final gown, each more beautiful than the next.

After the show, Kat Graham of Vampire Diaries chatted about her own experience with fashion. While she appreciates the grand designs of Chado Ralph Rucci, the young actress usually leans toward edgier designers like Jeremy Scott. Speaking of edgy, her shoes (http://sydnesummer.tumblr.com/post/10208657948/kat-graham-of-vampire-diaries-has-the-most-insane) were insane! Kat literally had to flip her foot to walk on the furry sole.

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