Runway to Pavement: A Guide to NYFW 2011

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Linda Man models the biggest trends of New York Fashion Week 2011. From left to right: Look 1, the drop-waisted dress; Look 2, layers of layers; Look 3, faboulous faux fur; Look 4, a bright pop of orange. (Photos Courtesy of Ishtar Schneider)

If you’re at all interested in fashion you’re probably aware of this little thing called “Fashion Week.” No big deal or anything. If you haven’t been avidly following each runway show here’s your recap of what’s hot in the new Fall/ Winter 2011 collections, and how to take them from the runway to the pavement (without looking like a tranny let loose on campus).

The color trends of this season were pale neutrals and bright colors: particularly a rich cobalt blue (check out Tadashi Shoji, Nanette Lapore and Carlos Miele) and a fiery bronze orange (my favorites were Jill Stuart, Chado Ralph Rucci and DVF). Classic minimalistic lines included Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Badgley Mischka.

Proportion was EVERYTHING and the key words (and usually a taboo in fashion) were BIG is IN. Huge capes, coats and furs abounded the runway. Luxe was the look, with luxurious furs on models in Derek Lam, Farah Angsana, Dennis Basso and Rebecca Minkoff just to name a few. Chunky knits and skinny jeans of all textures, colors and fabrics graced the catwalk from Joy Cioci to Elie Tahari. Long skirts trumped the old favorite minis and ball gown after jaw dropping ball gown made fashionistas everywhere die a little inside. Honorable mention goes to Zang Toi’s sculptural and billowing creations, and everyone’s favorite Project Runway winner Christian Siriano for building a more refined (and wearable) collection. Jenny Packham dazzled with her sequined and jeweled line of silky dresses both long and short.

Now for how to take the top looks from the runway to the pavement.
[Special thanks to my roommate Linda Man for letting me dress her up! ]

Look 1:
The Drop-Waisted Dress
The drop waisted dress was all the rage during fashion week. Keep it realistic by trying a shorter (knee length) version in a bold color, like this Kelly Green one from Banana Republic. This waistline looks great on everyone and can be dressed both up (think chignon and pumps) or down (throw on a sweet cardi and complimentary flats.

Look 2: LAYERS
This fall more is better. Avoid looking like an Eskimo by keeping your sweaters body hugging and add chunky scarves in a similar color on top. Don’t be afraid to mix up prints and fabrics like acid wash jeans and flannel. Add some edge with skinny jeans and loose military style boots.

Look 3:
Fur (it’s faux… don’t be alarmed)
Vests are THE way to wear fur this season. Make sure proportions are correct by defining your waistline with a fabulous belt and keep the rest of the outfit simple. Your fur should take center stage. Forever 21 and H&M have great low price options.

Look 4: ORANGE ORANGE ORANGE
The looks from the runway are a tad difficult to rock for your everyday wardrobe so ease into it with one statement piece. This color looks GREAT on every skin tone! Try it in a silky fabric with skinnies and heels for a great night out look.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

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