Fashion of the flotilla

Fashion of the flotilla

Britain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge wore a bright red Alexander McQueen dress to the celebrations on the River Thames for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, the anniversary of the monarch’s 60 years on the throne. Some critics wondered if Prince William’s wife upstaged the queen, who wore all white for the River Pageant.

Complete coverage: The Queen’s Diamond JubileeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wears a hat with flower cutouts and form fitting knee length dress accented with a pin and drop earrings to Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, Sunday June 3, 2012.

Complete coverage: The Queen’s Diamond JubileeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carried a plush bag and plaid scarf to finish off her red look.

Complete coverage: The Queen’s Diamond JubileeBritain’s Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, with uniformed brothers Prince William, center, and Prince Harry before boarding the royal barge to joined the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London Sunday June 3, 2012.

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Pippa Middleton sported a cream and navy buttoned jacket as she and James Middleton braved the rain from the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London.

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Queen Elizabeth II wore all white for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the River Thames on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Her hat and dress were adorned with gold and silver and she wore a stunning diamond encrusted broach.

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Queen Elizabeth II wore pearl and diamond earrings to finish her all white ensemble.

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Queen Elizabeth II was prepared for the day’s rain. She wore gloves and a dress with a matching buttoned coat.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ in Piccadilly ahead of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London. She wore a belted trench coat and accented the look with pearls.

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Later in the day for the main event, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stepped out on Prince Charles’ arm dressed in cream with a large cream colored hat.

New York Fashion Week History

New York Fashion Week History

New York Fashion Week, which, starting with 2009, has changed its name to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, is considered one of the most important fashion events in the entire world, next to similar events that are organized in fashion capitals such as Paris, Milan and London.

The first fashion week in history

One of the most notable things about New York Fashion Week history is that the first event ever organized set a trend that was later followed by other important fashion cities of the world. The first New York Fashion Week to have even been organized took place in 1943, during World War II. journalists were unable to travel to Europe to attend the regular fashion shows in Paris, thrown into hiatus by the war, an opportunity appeared. fashion journalists and local designers. From that point forward, prestigious magazines, such as Vogue, started displaying creations of American designers next to French collections.

The Bryant Park period

Year after year, Fashion Week represented a way of offering fashion previews of important collections to journalists involved in the industry and less to the general public. From 1994 to 2009, the event was held at Bryant Park, where enormous white tents were set up to house the new collections of famous designers. However, as the economy started to suffer, more and more designers opted for smaller scale representations instead of the large tents organized at Bryant Park.

Becoming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Thrown into hiatus by the economic situation, as well as by the advent of technology, the event was in serious search for a sponsor. Starting with 2009, the event changed its name to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to honor its main sponsor.

Designers of all shapes and sizes rose up to the challenge and they started to create more recession friendly collections. Technology became an important part of fashion presentations, and more and more designers opted for launching their new collections over the Internet in order to cut down on costs. Also, many designers chose to combine their fashion shows into more concentrated events for the same reason.

In 2010, the location of the event was also changed to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, since increasing misunderstandings between the sponsor of New York Fashion Week and the management of Bryant Park made it difficult to maintain the same location.

Technology benefited participants as well, as a new system for quick seating for guests was also implemented, along with the involvement of Mercedes Benz in the event.

Shopping lists from the spring fashion week runways can start now with accessories

Shopping lists from the spring fashion week runways can start now with accessories

It can’t be helped: After weeks of top designer runway previews of spring styles at marathon fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, the eye started to wander and it caught the newest trends for handbags and shoes. For some shoppers, accessories are at the forefront of the catwalk news they’re waiting for.

Accessories tend to be more widely available and affordable although that’s a relative term and, more often than not, they fit.

And there’s probably a handbag with a structured shape or a snakeskin shoe on the market already, so early adopters can look way ahead of the curve if they’re paying attention.

“Accessories aren’t as big of a commitment as apparel,” says Tracey Lomrantz Lester, women’s editorial director at Gilt. “You invest less from both a financial perspective and a sartorial one. The idea of trying a new style of boot or a different handbag is less intimidating than readjusting your eye to an entirely new silhouette. You can always just take if off if you feel silly.”

Whitney Kessler, accessories editor of trend analysis firm Stylesight, says there are plenty of choices during this particular season, but few will serve as the all purpose bag, shoe or piece of statement jewelry. “There aren’t a lot of everyday bags and items, which is exciting for people who are really into fashion,” she says, “but if you are shopping designer collections, you’ll need to buy more to satisfy your needs.”

She adds: “But they’ll all look really good.” Boxy bags: The slouchy silhouette is on its way out, to be replaced by a stronger, smaller, more structured bag, predicts Leah Karp, accessories director at InStyle magazine. She thinks the shape to buy it in will be a cross body bag. Consider one that features colorblocking but is otherwise clean looking, with geometric, sophisticated hardware.

Erica Russo, fashion director for women’s accessories at Bloomindale’s, says a hand held clutch or a larger envelope will work, too.

Time to shine: Metallics always have some presence on the catwalks, and they translate well to closets because they have timeless appeal, says Karp. “I have a silver bag I’ve had for 10 years. It’s an old Celine bag that I can bring out time and time again totally worth an investment.”

Since she already bought silver sandals this year, she’ll be looking at gold shoes next year. You really need a pair of each, she says.

Snake surfaces: “Texture is more important than print,” declares Kessler. And there’s no more sophisticated way to do that than with snakeskin in luxe shades, such as burgundy, navy and dark green. Real or faux: your choice and your budget.

Karp says snakeskin in a single sole pointy pump is the way to go.

Play with pearls: “I love the idea that pearls are not your grandma’s pearls,” says Karp. And she loves that Nicholas Kirkwood sandwiched pearls between layers of some pumps’ soles. A look like that can certainly come out sooner rather than later and definitely for holiday parties. Try multiple strands and oversized beads.

Not so blank canvas: Artistry details replaced more obvious bling and chunky hardware. The Chanel show, with its art gallery theme, was the standard bearer, according to Karp. The canvas versions of the house’s classic bags with spray on “quilting” were a “cool way to reinvent a classic.”

Kessler also noted the use of laser cut leathers and weaving techniques to further explore artistry.

Backpacks: Bloomingdale’s Russo thinks the right woman will pull off a smart backpack in style and says she is excited about the look which seems very new. “It’s so beyond back to school,” she says.

InStyle’s Karp, however, isn’t buying into them at a high price. It’s one of those items that a more mass retailer can do perfectly well, she says.

Flat out athletics: Sporty influences were among the season’s biggest trends, in clothes as well as accessories. It’s perfectly reasonable that you’ll be wearing “a low soled trainer” think Nike Air or New Balance in a trend right colour like coral with one of those pretty makeup shade feminine dresses or even leather pants, says Russo.

Gilt’s Lester observed a “noticeable shift” toward the street and that might be where the sporty styles came from. “Loafers, sneakers, even Teva esque sandals were everywhere in place of high heels. Visors and baseball caps have never been bigger, and the oversize clutch the accessory of choice for street style stars is the new It bag.”