New York Fashion Week Wrap-up

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week began February 9th with the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Show, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. The week concluded yesterday with the last show beginning at 9 p.m.  Almost 90 designers officially showed at the biannual New York Fashion Week. Following events will occur in London, Paris and Milan.

Dita Von Teese, Audrina Patridge and Camila Alves walked in the Red Dress Show

Pleats and plaids, rich colors, wide-leg trousers and outerwear were the emerging trends for fall and winter 2011. Designers have also drawn inspiration from past decades — from the 1930s for Vera Wang’s collection to the 1970s for DVF.

DVF Fall 2011

Also, a fun surprise included Betsey Johnson’s always entertaining show on Valentine’s Day. The show’s theme “he loves me, he loves me not,” stunned the crowd with 90s-inspired styles. Her collection was just as fun and vibrant as ever.

Betsey Johnson Fall 2011

Experts said designers and retailers are now more conscious that consumers want value for money due to the U.S. economy. To achieve this, designers showed products with wider silhouettes easier to wear for more people than just the very small market of fashionistas.

Barneys New York women’s fashion director, Amanda Brooks, said designers also placed emphasis on separates because it makes the clothes easier to buy and then mix and match.

Luca Luca Fall 2011

Overall, fall and winter 2011 will see varying colors including cobalt blue, emerald green, shades of red, and fabrics such as velvet, silk and satin.

Jimmy Choo Celebrates 15 Years of Crystal Shoe Collection

Happy birthday Jimmy Choo!! Fifteen years ago Carrie Bradshaw made Jimmy Choo a household name. Sex and the City started the glamorous international obsession. The hit television series created a new awareness for fashion and it still inspires women today. To to celebrate the special anniversary, Jimmy Choo founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon plans to launch an updated collection of the brand’s signature jeweled heels. Mellon chose the vintage jewels used to create the new Crystal Collection. Photographer Marilyn Minter will be in charge of creating a vintage-inspired ad campaign . Mellon said the collection, which is in its first wave of several series, will be released in the 2011 as part of the cruise collection. The collection will start at $695. The entire collection can be viewed at under “Project Crystal.”