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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2012
Collection Reviews, Interviews, Backstage Photos & Video
Gulnara Karimova Attempts to
Shine with her Collection but Only
Gets Shunned

A crowd of protesters formed
outside of Cipriani's on 42nd Street
for Guli’s fashion show, where one
child held up a sign reading 'Stop
Child Labor'.
Helios & Luna Gives Color and
Comfort, But Not Stellar Style

In Helios & Luna’s spring 2012
collection, seek well-fitted, color-
enhanced separates, and avoid
prints, ruffles and wrinkles. Stick
to the classics, not the cliche.
Elene Cassis Sneaks
Commercialism to the Runway

The perfect dress for a
conservative Sunday brunch was
the main order of the day at
Elene Cassis’s Fashion Week
closing show.
Standing Ovation for Ralph Rucci’s
Mixed Bag of New Age and 80s

Chado Ralph Rucci returned to the
Lincoln Center tents this season for
his 30th anniversary with one of the
most applauded spring/summer
2012 collections of the week.
Yara Flynn Conjures Visions of       
O’Keefe and the Southwest, but
Does Not Translate Their Beauty

Simple aesthetics call for
impeccable fit and detail. Yara
Flynn’s Nomia SS/12 simple
schemed collection neglects cuts
for the female form.
The Sporty Side of Elegance
Reigns at Tibi for SS 12

Amy Smilovic has ditched the girly
poofs and romantic eyelet cuts that
had defined the Tibi brand for
something more stark and clean -
a minimalism with a sporty.
Improvd Soars High with
Quintessential Street-Wear
Inspired By … An Urban Parrot?  

Improvd looked to the parrot’s
multicolored feathers for
inspiration this season with dark
prints and modern cuts sure to
keep customers looking feminine.
Third Time’s a Charm - Argentina
Continues To Strengthens Its
Presence at MBFW NY

The diverse collections from
Argentine’s Designers translated
well at MBFW, making the talent
coming out of Argentina something
to really look out for.
A 'Goddess of Vengeance' Takes
Center Stage at Fashion Week

Fearless determination define
Jackie Collin’s success. Through
strong female characters, Collins
inspires women to do what they
love, and never say sorry for it.
Michael Angel Rebuilds Ancient
Egyptian Ruins and Provides
Stellar Clothes While He’s at It

Michael Angel achieves both an
artistic and wearable spring 2012
collection complete with unique
prints, dependable staples and
luxurious fabrics for day and night.
bebe Rejuvenates Its Look While
Maintaining Its Mass Appeal  

With bebe’s new design consultant
Charles Benton taking reins over
the artistic vision of the retail brand’
s spring 2012 collection, a new
aesthetic unfolded.
Nolcha Fashion Week New York
Day 1 - Spring/Summer 2012

The clothing line to watch out for
from the first installment of Nolcha
is Eredappa, which showcased
gorgeous use of color and pattern,
all achieved by elaborate beading.
Qingqing Wu Finds Inspiration
From the Graceful Letter V

The letter V can be seen in the
strong linear references in the
lapel of the men's suiting and the
asymmetrical zipper detailing
throughout the VOLV SS12 line.
Custo Barcelona Presents a
Tripolar Collection with
Innovating 3D prints  

Custo Dalmau sends out
psychedelic infused looks that
played with holograms and 3D
prints for SS 12 in a collection
cleverly dubbed 'Tripolar'.
The Faded Signs of Old Vegas &
Coney Island Prove a Lively
Spark for Lela Rose

This spring, Lela Rose has the
freshness angle down, but it is art
of craftsmanship that serves as
Rose's most reliable and most
versatile trope.
For Asher Levine the Apocalypse
is the Ultimate Make It Work

Asher Levine conceptualizes a
world built on past motifs and
established iconography and
retains Levines affliction with
exploring a biological thriller.
Ruffian Haphazardly Attempts To
Create Sporty Elegance

Inspired by horse races at
Saratoga Springs, Ruffian
ineffectively tried to forge elegance
with sportswear by way of
contradicting visual elements.
Concept Korea IV Provided Five
Sartorial Journeys through Earth,
Space and Time

Vibrant, intricate and unique, the
designers at this season’s
Concept Korea showcase win the
whimsical hearts of those who
love fun and creative fashion.
Rebecca Taylor: Sensibility
Spiked with a Few Touches that
Were Simply Senseless

With effective color coordination,
and wearable separates,
Rebecca Taylor earns mass
appeal, with only a few outlandish
Christian Siriano: Finally Ready to
Be Taken Seriously

Christian Siriano cites Katherine
Hepburn’s style in the 1955 film,
‘Summertime’ as inspiration, as
well as underwater specimens
like ‘acorn barnacles and coral’.
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