The Row, Karen Walker, Phillip Lim, & Band of Outsiders: Tara’s NYFW Round Up Part II

Running from show to show and seeing approximately 500 per day, the runways begin to blur together. But some shows have that magic quality about them that jolt you out of your coffee-downing-traffic-dodging-air-kissing trance and remind you why you look forward to this week months in advance. These four shows do just that.

Scott Sternberg crossed his classic prep-school aesthetic with that of an eccentric old cat lady and the outcome was gorgeous.  Heavy knits, furs and wools were counterbalanced by wispy silk, mesh and mohair. Looks began with dark round glasses and ended with Band of Outsider’s debut shoe, the perfect mannish oxford. In-between, patterns ran ramped with dizzying florals and painted polka dots.Band of Outsiders.Style.com

 

Simultaneously feminine and tough Karen Walker’s collection paid homage to the suffrage movements of past. The most obvious nod to the theme, a placard-cum-bag embossed with “Liberal, Miserable & Cynical.” Highlights from the collection included cropped balloon pants and a red patterned velvet maxi dress, both fit for a modern day man-repelling feminist.Karen Walker.Style.com

Paradigmatic of The Row the silhouettes were kept simple, though enlarged, and done in the world’s most luxurious fabrics. We’re talking 900 gram double-face cashmere that could double as fur. Models were swallowed by cowl-neck sweaters and draped in fringed blanket wraps. Each look was funneled into a pair of slouchy ankle socks and lace-up derby oxfords. The season’s signature bag? A sure to be five figure crocodile bucket bag.The Row.Style.com

 

Right when we were about to give up on winter for good 3.1 Phillip Lim gave us something to love about it —Soleil— his imaginarily muse. His winter is a cheery happy place made up of bright colors, peppy pastels and funky florals. Customary of Lim’s collection, there were more than a handful of must-have items in it: a shearling coat cut similar to that of a denim jacket and a pair of the lace up booties that look more than capable of taking on snow-ridden sidewalks, to name a few.Philip Lim.Style.com

Karen Walker’s New Campaign Stars Stylish Senior Citizens

This is just too much awesome: For Karen Walker’s spring 2013 campaign, the cult-favorite eyewear designer teamed up with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style fame to showcase four exquisitely dressed senior citizens sporting the latest innovative styles. Shot in their own clothes and at their own homes, Cohen’s muses Royce Smithkin, Joyce Carpati, Linda Rodin and Lynn Dell let their eclectic style to shine by way of wild feather boas, fabulously gaudy baubles and tons of pattern-clashing. Peep a few looks after the jump and see the full campaign here.

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If I’m even 0.0000001% as cool as these kids when I grow up, I’ll be satisfied.

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Knight Cat’s Shopbop Wish List

One of my go-to blogs for style insight is Knight Cat, created by college student Cat Khan. What was first a personal site she created simply to keep track of inspirational images, is now a reference tool for millions of fashion devotees across the globe. Based on the core focus of celebrating fashion imagery, her site is mostly all pictures with little to no commentary. But not just any pictures—the girl has a sharp eye for emerging talent and on-the-verge trends. And as her list of followers grows, the industry is starting to take note. Now Shopbop has tapped Khan to select her favorite merchandise in their online boutique. In true Knight Cat fashion, her picks include smart basics, edgy updates of classic pieces, lots of leather, and must-have accessories.

A few favorites are the Alexander Wang – Constance Platform Booties, the Karen Walker – Helter Skelter Sunglasses, the Luv Aj – Fool’s Gold Knuckle Buster Ring, and obviously the Helmut Lang – Square Shoulder Shearling Jacket.

Artwork by Danny Reports.