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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week NYC: Fall 2012: Day 1

The first day of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 is filled with excitement and dreams of faraway places. Memories are evoked and the imagination is prodded.

Creatures of the Wind. Photo: Amanda De Simone /

Creatures of the Wind. Photo: Amanda De Simone /

Creatures of the Wind

Since being a runner up for the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last November., they have been getting a lot of advice from different directions and it seems to be reflected in their Fall 2012 runway collection. Inspired by The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies, a seventeenth-century book by the Scottish Episcopalian minister Robert Kirk in which he collected his parishioners’ tales of the supernatural, the delicate whimsy of the supernatural is clear, it is reminiscent of a youthful innocence, mixing colors, checks, stripes and rich textures and indeed conjures up images of elves and fairies, however it is hard to see the “collection” in the collection – it seems to take the entire woodland community and leave them alone with their scissors and sewing machines.

Tadashi Shoji: Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Tadashi Shoji: Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Tadashi Shoji

Like being at a prom party. Gorgeous construction, dreamy and floaty, heavy on the gowns, which leaves me wondering if this is Ready to Wear,…to what?


ChadwickBell: Photo: Alessandro Viero /

ChadwickBell: Photo: Alessandro Viero /

Chadwick Bell (Fave of the day)

“A perfect woman in an imperfect situation”, is how he describes his collection and this seems almost brilliantly, comically correct.

In the Chadwick Bell show, I feel as if I am on a cruise ship floating through heaven with the most eminently sophisticated, and sleek women imaginable. Each dress that comes down the runway wavers on the edge of manicured perfection with an exquisite sense of color and balance.

But then boom…a wildly stunning dress appears and throws you mercilessly overboard, leaving you gasping for air. It is not the consistent perfection and elegance in this collection that makes it a winner, but the inconsistent, odd stroke of genius that makes sense of everything.