Fantasy Fashion Week – Part 2

M and M Fashion Week

The real New York Fashion Week is winding down, but Fantasy Fashion Week is still going strong! 

As I explained in my last post, since we couldn’t go toNew Yorkwe decided a little fashion fun at home was in order.  My fiance’s daughter Megan and I did some September issue perusing and decided on what we would wear if we were there – eight front-row ready day looks, three cocktail ensembles and one gala outfit – best of all, no budget!  I won’t share everything we picked out, I will be using some of our finds in upcoming posts covering Fall 2011 but I will share a few of the highlights.    

Megan started off conservatively, with some cute pieces from mainstream retailers and designers, but as she delved deeper into Vogue she really got into the fantasy, selecting classic shapes, but with some zing, such as this dynamite black and red Diane Von Furstenberg dress.  She added in great pattern and texture – pairing these Jackson Pollock-esque sandals from Bottega-Veneta with the golden cocktail dress from Lanvin, popping Dolce and Gabbana’s star-bedecked navy chiffon dress with a pair of bright yellow Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, and picking a truly stunning textured Elie Saab gown for her gala look – simply fab!   

This fall’s offerings are clearly up Megan’s alley – the girl seriously rocks the retro lady-like look and she loves polka dots – so she had a ball choosing pieces from Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton.  Big favorites included a cream pencil skirt with black polka dots by Marc Jacobs, sensational Bally Mary Janes, and a powder blue Derek Lam pea coat that could go lady-like or mod depending on her mood.  (She loved the Derek Lam piece so much we may have to hunt down a fast-fashion version for her later this season!) This season’s “it” bag is the satchel, which really suits her casual style and practical sensibilities, and when you do it in a luscious cognac suede like the one from Proenza Schouler or the deep green leather of Fendi, , well she simply can’t resist and selected several different bags for our week.

There was definitely an evolution – starting with pencil skirts and sweet chiffon Louis Vuitton day dress in a pale shade and moving to a deep blue Boss shredded hem mini dress, an adorable Sretsis belted dress with an ombre night sky motif, and another Lanvin cocktail dress in chocolate knit with a black asymmetric neck detail.  Shoes started with demurely chic round-toe pumps in nude patent and black suede but progressed to the rocking Zanotti’s and a great pair by Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga (I really LOVE Balenciaga’s shoes).   Go girl! 

For myself, well I usually tend towards the European Designers but since the fantasy was to go to the New York Fashion Week I challenged myself to select looks from the American Designers.  The fur cuffs on this Carolina Herrera outfit coupled with my beloved wide-leg pants was pure heaven, very 1940’s screen star.  I think the colors, while very elegant, do look just the tiniest bit bland so I imagine I would add a bit of color and/or shine with the bag and shoes – perhaps a soft metallic or a deep colored patent such as wine or teal.  I loved the fun that Alexander Wang had with metallic patent, like these loafers and his structural bags and thought they were great options to pair up with this terrific grey Oscar de la Renta dress, which while it has great detail might otherwise get a bit drab and frumpy without a bit of kick.   

I also chose a “dotty” pencil skirt, mine being a different Marc Jacobs number in black with the polka dot panel, but couldn’t see myself in head-to-toe dots by wearing it with the matching top as it was shown with on the runway.  Instead I would pick a sleek black jacket with a peplum to keep the 40’s vibe going and wear a bold red shoe like these great suede ones from Dolce and Gabbana. 

The American-only restriction turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought – most of the American casualness or flashy glam wasn’t what I was craving for sitting front row until I landed on Oscar de la Renta and then – ta da!  His clothes have the feel I was looking for and there were some beautiful choices for evening and gala too.  My favorite cocktail look was this lace jumpsuit.  So fun! 

While not as much fun as a trip toNew York, I really enjoyed the burst of fashion immersion that our fantasy activity provided.  It was wonderful to play “what if”, and think about how all these pieces could come together.  Now I have a much better feel for what looks I really do love from this season and how I may incorporate some of them into my own wardrobe.  Next year my goal is to get more folks involved in Fantasy Fashion week – maybe even have some sort of girl-bonding event….stay tuned!

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