Runway Reviews: Womenswear

If high fashion has anything to say about it, come next fall you’ll be rocking strong
shoulders, exaggerated houndstooth seperates, warped floral print dresses, and a hell of
a lot of sexified menswear as you run from class to the Pub and back. Heavy-hitters like
Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Rodarte left me cold, sending out a bunch of matronly
concoctions that I’m not sure even Gisele could revive. But from Alice + Olivia to Z
Spoke by Zac Posen, young designers stole the spotlight, sending out clothing that was
referential, feminine, and hot, hot, hot. Wondering what to wear to the Blue Room next
semester? Read on for the scoop on my favorite collections.

Alice + Olivia

This label is a purveyor of slick, trendy fashion. For Fall 2012, Alice + Olivia delivered
sparkling dresses, flouncy skirts, and slick separates. Think Bowie meets Edie meets
punk rock princess. A red mini-dress with a big fur collar is edgy and flirtatious in equal
measure while a green-and-black striped velvet suit is glam rock for the modern age.
Floor length green sequins are sexier with an exposed back. But my favorite look is a
yellow and navy blue floral cap-sleeved number with a cinched waist and a full skirt.
Perfect for the classroom or the dance floor.

Barbara Tfank

Former costume designer Barbara Tfank delivered a glamorous, retro collection full of
chic cocktail dresses. Think classic 1960s silhouettes in a refined color palette of black,
deep gold, and ivory in silk jacquard and gauzy tulle. Tfank’s looks might cater to an
older crowd, but the younger set can find inspiration in the demure sex appeal of box
pleated skirts and funnel-necked dresses.

Erin Fetherston

Erin Fetherston whisked us away into a Midsummer Night’s Dream-style fantasy full of
draped fairy dresses and New Age glamour. The dresses are tame and simple, but there is
something off-kilter about each of them that would make any girl the center of attention.
A lace inset across the neckline of a grey sweater dress, cutouts along the side of an
otherwise plain LBD, sliced-open chiffon sleeves, a few well-placed foil leaves on a floor
length number fit for a Grecian goddess. Channel your inner Titania with something soft
and flirty!

Imitation of Christ

Tara Subkoff’s latest collection for Imitation of Christ looks like it was made for dark,
smoky rooms. Think totally vamped-up spins on Old-Hollywood dresses and an ultra-
sexy take on menswear inspired separates. Stand-outs include quirky one-shoulder

button-downs with wide collars (I could definitely see a willowy SLC girl sporting one
of these!), a slick black cape satin cape, skin-tight pantsuits paired with strapless blouses,
and a white Marilyn dress with an edgy paneled skirt.

Rebecca Minkoff

Seeking to perk up your daywear? Look no further than Rebecca Minkoff, whose Fall
2012 looks were rife with special pieces. The collection kicked off with a shiny green
motorcycle jacket over a sheer purple button-down blouse and sequined harem pants.
The dark jewel color palette ran through the entire collection, mixed with knit dresses,
structured jackets, and digitized prints. Take inspiration by layering flirty little dresses
beneath large, sculpted jackets and nubby sweaters.

Z Spoke by Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s Z Spoke line is known for lower-prices and toned down designs. But toned
down definitely does not mean less chic, especially not this season. Simple, architectural
jackets, trousers, and dresses dominated the collection. Bow-necked blouses are back
in full swing, paired with elongated blazers in navy. Tank dresses in high-end fabrics
with interesting, figure-flattering seaming rounded out the collection. Comfort, style, and
class all in one silhouette.

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