United Bamboo/Costello Tagliapietra/Ivana Helsinki

Monday, September 12, 2011

United Bamboo's spring/summer 2012 collection was very wearable. Designers Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham wanted to create chic clothes that people could wear to work. That was very much apparent with the stunning blazers, blouses, and trousers. The collection remained clean but bold with contrasting colors of collars & shirts and a touch of soft, leather pieces. All the pieces are versatile and can be mixed & matched with any other pieces.


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Next, I was seated front row at Costello Tagliapietra.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." - Georgia O' Keeffe

The collection was inspired by this quote. Literally, there were a lot of floral prints used and the designers showcased their signature feminine style cuts and draping. Wrap dresses appeared many times down the runway. The pieces all looked so comfortable with the effortless draping and tied waists. My favorite look of the collection was the finale outfit, which is the one shown above - the AirDye red ochre halter gown.

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My last show that day was Ivana Helsinki.
"I design for charismatic drummer girls and girl-women with beautiful souls instead. I design for the ones whom love moonlit fields, pirates, dark forests, crummy motels, champagne states of drunkenness, fragile butterflies, passionate relationships, cowboys, and guardian angels. After all, they all are just after a love of their lives, rarely seen peaceful madness - just waiting to see, will he be a rockstar, a motor biker, a gnome, a cosmonaut or a sailor." - Paola Suhonen (designer of Ivana Helsinki)

The theme of her S/S 12 collection was "Indian Summer". Models had their hands dripping of black paint as they walked down the runway in tribal prints and bold colors. She designed with a balance between white artic summer nights and endless winter sadness, eerie hovering isolation and intense starkness. The finale outfit came with a feather headpiece which definitely concluded the theme.

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Click images to enlarge. All photos were taken by me. I have many more images posted on my Facebook fan page. To see the finale walks of each of these shows, taken by my camera - check out my blog's YouTube page!

Follow me on Twitter @audreyallure to get updated where I am during NY Fashion Week & stay tuned for more upcoming posts! I will be attending plenty of shows this week & will definitely share the experience with you :)

Previous NY Fashion Week S/S 2012 Posts: Matt Bernson | Number:Lab/Yuna Yang | Spoil Me Fashion/Samantha House/Rachel Antonoff

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47 comments :

Kavery said...

I love the last two collections. So characteristic and unique

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! You have such a talent photographing the runways. Amazing photos and I love the pieces.

tywo said...

Ha, I love that quote.
The pieces are beautiful.
Have a good week, my friend.


LOVE!

Imogen said...

Lovely collection. Like you said, the first thing I noticed was how much more wearable it is in comparison with many other runaway collections.

Josie said...

I love the prints in the last collection and the pretty shapes of the first one! Super pretty.
xo Josie
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Susu Paris Chic said...

IivanaHelsinki and I share the same roots...

White nights and winter gloominess. Living our lives with full passion. Dripping paint or messed up hair. Whatever makes us feel alive. Wow!

Antonia said...

Amazing collection! Loving the colors! ^^



xoxo
Antonia

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MosaMuse said...

nice photos! i like the hairstyle in the first collection!
xo
MosaMuse

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Kirstin Marie said...

All of these collections look gorgeous! I love the first collection, it does look super wearable.

Alyson said...

wow, incredible pieces and quite the hella high pony tail! haha

alyson
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Maddy said...

Great collection! All the pieces are very wearable and I could definitely see many of these in my own wardobe!

janettaylor said...

Great, thanks for sharing!

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frontrowspectator.com said...

Looks like you had such a fun time! I wish I could have gone this year. xoxo

Jen said...

So jealous you are there! Fabulous shares and wishing I was sitting next to you :)

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Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

I liked both these shows, Costello Tagliapietra is going in some interesting new directions!

xo Mary Jo

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Mr Lonely said...

walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

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Couture Carrie said...

How exciting, darling!
Thanks for sharing these amazing pics!

xoxox,
CC

chaoskontrolowany said...

So lovely photos:)

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

These photos are amazing, and how exciting that you were there!

xx
Rachel

Allison said...

I love reading about where designers find their inspiration - that Georgia O'Keefe quote was perfect, and you can definitely see how it inspired the entire collection. You took GORGEOUS pictures, my dear! These entire lines are incredible, and I'm loving the styling of the Ivana Helsinki show :) xox

ed pilolla said...

i really like the costello collection. of course, i just got back from buying five shirts at a thrift store, but they are cool shirts! i also like the fierce hairstyles.

Diego R. Wyatt said...

I am besides myself about these prints. I absolutely LOVE the orange gown. The color and cut are flawless.

Great shots from a great collection!


Diego
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the nyanzi report said...

great reviews and pictures. thanks for sharing.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

You must be so busy but having a great time too! I just love the Costello Tagliapietra collection. The first gown is tdf! xo

Anna G said...

So exciting being at the shows. I love the reviews. The tribal trend is all over the runway. I just adore the prints and colors.

Dirt On The Rocks said...

i absolutely love this collection. it's just simple and even with the pattern it just looks easy on the eyes!

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

I adore these looks, especially Bamboo United. Thanks for the coverage.

STYLE'N said...

gorgeous looks...you lucky gal!

STYLE'N said...

Oh and love the Costello collection!

Grace said...

Wow, score on front seat at Costello, Audrey! Also, United Bamboo's collection looks amazing; I'll have to look into them a little more.

Shea said...

I so wish I could have been at either of those shows, or heck, any show!! I want to wear all of that United Bamboo collection!

modanista junkie said...

This collection is incredible!

p.s. I will be in NY working from 9/17-20, however; I am open for meeting up for drinks. :) email me. melrod1206@gmail.com

xoxo,
Mel

Bonnie said...

I am loving all of this fashion week coverage. I seriously think that I should be living in NYC right now. I belong there!

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J'Adore Fashion said...

love the coral dress! great photos and collection!

xoxo
Stella

Tara said...

superbbb cool collection :)

dimi said...

Hi! Thanks for your comments while I was vacationing dear! Lovely fashion week! Who doesn't love designers who make versatile pieces we can all wear! (or try to copy at least - hihi)!!

MM said...

Lovely collection, sweetie!!Thanks for sharing!!

Have a great day!! xoxoxo

t said...

Nice looks!

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FashionJazz said...

Stunning collection : ) Happy Tuesday babe xx

Sabrina said...

I really like the pics! :)

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, what fabulous shots! I am LOVING the Costello Tagliapietra Collection - gorg! :)

Hannah said...

I love when runway clothes seem accessible--I also love the over the top pieces, but outfits I could actually see myself wearing are even better!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Love the bold, clean look of the United Bamboo show! You are so lucky!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

navy and orange said...

LOVE the sienna dress from costello. great post!

xoxo navy & orange

Savvy Gal said...

amazing collections.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love those costello tagliapietra dresses... they're beautiful!

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