NYFW Picks Part I :: DVF, Mara Hoffman & Nicole Miller

Happy Monday, my friends! After a snowy weekend, I feel the best way to kick off a new week is to bring back some heat of NYFW by listing my favorite looks from each of the shows I went to. For a first-timer media correspondent, I was blessed to have had the chances to go to a few top designers’ runway presentations. Overall, I am very impressed how each of these established designers manage to reinvent themselves while still keep their signature design aesthetics. Without further a due, here are my raw, un-edited observations and top pics from DVF, Mara Hoffman and Nicole Miller.

Diane von Furstenberg: Seduction

When the name DVF is mentioned, people naturally think of wrap dress and prints, and the lately super popular lace dress, but this season, what caught my eye was the mix of strips, dots and lips prints and  juxtapositions of solid and sheer fabrics. Yes, borrowing from the boys is not a new concept in woman’s fashion, pinstripes, however, always hit the right spot when you want that powerful but understated image. When they appear in the form of sheer chiffon and a leg-elongating jumpsuit that DVF does so well, I love it even more!
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The confetti print that dominate a good chunk of the 38-piece collection, not a huge fan. The colors are too complex and appeared overwhelming in such small scale, liked it much better in this chunky sweater where the print was magnified.DVF FW15 runway-12

By now, you know my vote for evening wear would go to these two slip number. First, I think it is very daring of DVF to make gowns that resemble so closely to lingerie; Second, they do send a strong message about how confident a woman is in these dresses.  “By day she commands her world; by night she inspires fantasy” — I’d say this collection is DVF’s answer to her royal fans who have matured and wanting to take a step further in celebrating their daily image as the powerful woman as well as the girl inside.
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Mara Hoffman : Tatooine Princess

Have to admit, I was expecting look after look of psychedelic prints when I walked into the tent awaiting for Mara Hoffman’s Fall-Winter show. The set was orange-colored mountain / desert landscape withe a pinkish sun, which I later found out, was inspired by the planet Tatooine. The whole collection began to make sense! All the cream, beige and earthy tones; the boiled wool and piled chiffon that looked like tapestry from afar; the crowd braid and the golden eyelids…we are looking at what a modern day Princess Lea would wear.Mara Hoffman FW15 runway Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-3 Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-6

I prefer not to look like Princess Lea, I still prefer the prints that made Hoffman famous, even though it is toned down color-wise. My love extends to this golden beaded top which reminds me of sun ray and a tank dress done similar ways for evening looks. I would not wear tapestry, even when it is -20C outside.Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-5 Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-19Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-26Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-30 Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-15

One thing worth noting is that Hoffman did teach us a lesson or two on how to layer — turtleneck under a dress, for example. Fashionistas take note, that is how you can extend a summer item to fall.Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-10 Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-16 Mara Hoffman FW15 runway-34

Nicole Miller : The Dark Side

I got into the Nicole Miller show by requesting a stand-by on Day 2, so at least the connection wasn’t planned with the Mara Hoffman show which happened on Day 3. 😀

Deep forest, mystic creatures,  models emerged from the runway done in digital prints, patchwork fur and intense beading and torn transparent tights — Miller took stems literally and turned her models to exotic birds resting on trees. Some people must love it, I said to myself.
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It wasn’t until this tan-colored wool moto jacket with oversized fur collar showed up, did I begin to feel excited about this collection. I then see a top with dragons embroidered on sheer gauze and leather back, love it; a knit set with flowers and vines climbing all over, love it, too; even the green chiffon midi dress with all sort of animals including a snake, which I can see layering with some fun coat and boots for winter.
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The wired neckline update to the signature Miller ruched dress is good, one can manipulate it to add more interest.
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Day Two Outfit

A little bit about what I wore on Day 2 of NYFW. My first outfit was a camel galore with a touch of burgundy / deep purple.
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In the morning when I was getting ready, I thought about let my hair down but it had a little awkward wave left from the day before. I decided to pull it up into a neat bun, at least the whole look is more polished however a bit matronly. There was no rescue at the point, I couldn’t do much but drape a camel coat over and put on my ear muffs attempting to soften the look a bit as well as shelter myself from the frigid weather outside. Had I known where Mara Hoffman draw her inspiration, I would save this outfit for Day 3. ;DPetiteFlowerPresents Camel Look 1 PetiteFlowerPresents Camel Look close up

(all outfit photos are taken by Keith DeBetham)

Thank you so much for reading! In my next post I will be reviewing a few emerging designer’s work as well as sharing outfit #2 , stay tuned!

(Marco de Vincenzo jacket; No.21 skirt; Max Mara coat; Valentino boots; Celine bag; Hermes scarf; Wolford tights; Portolano gloves)