1. Tribune Standard – Perhaps one of the more pleasantly surprising favorites of the day…Tawfik Mounayer’s collection was a ‘soaring’ success. Now, maybe I’m a bit biased because I’m obsessed with texture myself…but Tribune Standard has texture down to a science for Fall 2012. We’ve got everything from laces to leather, with really fun (and probably very tactile) feathery tops and knit hats. The whole show had a feel of a flock of birds in the dead of winter…with layers like plumage and a strong, graceful presence. Not to mention, that sky high bun pulled so taught atop each model’s crown.
2. Edun – This designer knows how to layer a woman sexy. We saw thick knit sweaters in ultramarine, pleated skirts and warm winter coats of plaid, leather accents galore, all matched with slinky zebra and abstract print dresses and base layers. But what really won me was Edun’s intelligent use of pockets…in the skirts, sleeveless jackets, dresses…everything! Oh, praise.
3. Diane von Furstenberg- DVF may be telepathic. Recently when I’ve been frantically getting ready for an event, I’ve had need for some classic inspiration. So my intrigue was tapped when, in her show notes, DVF even stated that her Fall RTW collection was about being ‘glamorous at a moment’s notice’ and having ‘a heightened awareness of the promise of places she has not yet been.’ Each look portrayed this woman who knows everything in her closet, and how to pair them at the drop of a hat…but with a different twist each time. The color mixing was smart, the sparkle…just enough, and that hand print-puzzle dress was ever so chic. Really, the collection in it’s entirety was.