by Marie Denee
Ah, Fashion Week. A seven day event where
Fashionistas, brands, editors, designers, models, photographers, and bloggers
all descend upon New York for a semi-annual gathering to cast our eyes on the
latest, newest, and most anticipated collections for the season to come.
And I was there.
In the high 20's to 30's, in February, in New York, this California
girl trekked across the country to experience New York Fashion Week from a NEW
perspective: LIVE and in person. Trying to dress strategically warm and
fashionable proved to be a feat in itself- but I think I did okay!
While I did not don a fur (faux or real-
which seemed to run rampant as it was very much needed), I quickly learned how
to layer- and well!
For plus size women, fashion week does not
always present direct opportunities for runway to real way options- however, it
presents INSPIRATIONS, trends, and insights that directly translate to the plus
size fashion community! On the
streets, behind the scenes, and on the runway are all places where inspirations
ran rampant for me- but mostly the action behind and in front of the stage was where
the magic was at!
From conception to production, fashion
week is a time for the designers to showcase their visions, moods, and fashion
stimulation- a time where we come glued to every fashion magazine, website, and
blog- awaiting the direction for the new season.
While trends are still emerging and
developing, there were definitely certain highlights that easily translate into
plus size fashion! For Fall, these inspirations, trends, and highlights come
from the presence of blues, reds, camels, and grays on the runways paired with
the return of plaid- both sophisticated or with a throw back to a grunge
inspiration. Textured elements evolved with bouts of sheer and lace- both
understated and overt in dresses, pants, and jackets alike and fur as a focal
point or as an accent were leading influences.
Rather than the statement necklace- while
there were quite a few pieces of that, if one were to don a statement jacket,
this would be the season. Armless capes from DKNY were a favorite amongst other
designers; however expect to see varying lengths, textures, and shapes from the
dramatic to the minimalistic. A refreshing take on menswear suiting was paired
with intricate tailoring and detail of the jacket paired with both slim leg and
flared bottoms- remixed with crisp and clean lines, creating minimalistic and
Here are my most memorable trends from
NYFW Fall 2011