Spring It On

10.27.2011

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{several pieces from Matthew Williamson's Spring 2012 Ready to Wear collection, all photos courtesy of nymag.com}
When my fetish for fashion comes up among new friends, oftentimes the question of who my favorite designer is arises. Truth is, there isn't one. I have a hard time picking favorites in any category, whether it be a song, book, or movie. I will say, however, that I like to avoid the mainstream. Though Pride and Prejudice will always hold a special place in my heart, I'd never admit to it being my favorite, fearing that it's too much of a typical girlie-girl copout.

This got me to thinking that I really don't know much outside the mainstream fashion designer realm. While watching the Oscars or perusing through department stores, the same names appear: Burberry, Balenciaga, and so on and so forth. So, I did some investigating and found several designers that just might be the Chanels and Diors of our future. And just a warning, these designs are from the New York Fashion Week's Spring Ready to Wear lines, so if the premature Christmas decor rubs you the wrong way, I suggest you read no further.

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Jason Wu is Michelle Obama's main man when it comes to her first lady attire. This middle dress is what caught my attention, and apparently many other girls too as it is going viral on Pinterest. His success in combining structure with elegance makes his designs so versatile. He "takes traditional clothing codes and twists them," without being too flashy. He recognizes this fine line and knows just the right amount to push things--one of his innate gifts as a designer that will take him far. And lastly, his attention to neck detail with pieces that have darling little collars or deep-Vs highlight his open attitude to a range of designs.

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Matthew Williamson nailed it in the color department. If you can successfully combine burnt orange and coral, you've done something right in my book. His ability to use Japanese inspired prints paired with youthful American lines should also be praised. I'd put those turquoise pants and loose blouses in my closet any day.

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Honor is a true newcomer, making its burst on the scene in late 2009, so they deserve a grand round of applause for their line that is the epitome of feminine fluidity. I could see this entire line coming straight out of Blair Waldorf's closet, which is probably why I'm so drawn to it. Polka dots, intricate lace and the collars signify the major way in which ladylike elegance is making its comeback. Her styling is flawless with the adorable loafers and over-the-knee tights that make it seem possible for a lady to be mature while channeling her inner little girl.

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There's no question that Paul Gurung had a penchant for purple while designing this line. I'll admit his stuff may be a little loud for my taste, but there are certain elements that prove noteworthy. His construction makes me rethink old qualifications I use to be a stickler on. I've always sworn against handkerchief hems, but his is actually--dare I say it--pretty! I also love the bleeding colors on his prints. His patent leather and metallic accents teamed with the flowy skirts appeal to the hard and soft side of every girl.

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Peter Som is gettin' all patriotic on us, but it actually works. He incorporates solids, stripes, florals, and houndstooth, without getting too cluttered. Okay, and can we take a moment to point out how breathtaking that cerulean gown is? A tad bit awkward that the middle girl is the only one sporting shades, but we'll ignore that since he pulls off looks that are "cute" rather than "cutesy."

So these may not be total unknowns, but to the general public, these names would not be easily identified. I think it's time they get the recognition they deserve, and I'm sure BOD will soar them to stardom overnight. Y'all can thank me later (in the form of entire collections being sent my way!). Have a fashionable Friday and wonderful Halloween weekend!

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