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March 21, 2013

In bloggerland, there is no (financial) scarcity per se...

...but NYFW has become so massive quantity wise. In general, for this winter, I see a trend of more muted/toned down/pale colors than patterns/prints/fancy stuffs. (Or is it just me who pinned all the monochrome outfits instead of the colorful ones?!! Idk..) There are also many (apparently in the next three cities as well) check/plaid/stripe looks. You can check out all of my pinned/favorited looks on my pinterest. It took me foreverrrr to cover all the shows that were on Style.com (aka my fashion show photo cred site). NY, you gotta control yourself...it's just expanding too quickly. :P Also, before I start, that "March Mix" post was created for this! Have a listen while checking out the pictures. :) :P

As the title suggested, I've lumped all my favorite looks/pieces into this one post.

Where is a better place to start than Alexander Wang??? For all who aren't as involved with fashion news as I am, Alexander Wang is appointed as the new creative director of Balenciaga (Paris) after Nicolas Ghesquière's departure from the brand. I already saw that collection (I couldn't wait!) and it looks amazing. But I will talk about that later in PFW's post. Here, Alexander Wang continues with his B&W designs but with rounder edges comparing to his previous seasons. This collection excels at outerwear and will most definitely work in terms of functionality. Some people criticize the collection saying the irregular oversized shape of many pieces; honestly, I like those. But here, I picked out some more universal ones for all of us and for many more winters to come.

What I love about the left coat is the dropped waist and blurred edges (wide bands). The right one has the perfect shade of grey (pun unintended) covered in fur. As a fur-lover (anti-fur peeps, go away if you don't like it...I WILL post lots of fur on here), I was delighted to see some great designs this season in NY. For example...

The extremely fabulous white fur on Bette Franke is Jason Wu. There was also a Altuzarra white fur coat but I decided to pick a black short coat here. I like the little long sections on the sides of the sleeves...they remind me of furry tails!

Other excellent outerwear examples are

Altuzarra went the sexy route & pretty much designed a wardrobe for Carine Roitfeld. Yet this white double-breasted blazer+dress combo would work on many others. But it's all about power dressing. If you want to not be noticed though, you can go with the Yigal Azrouel camel coat. But how many of us want to go unnoticed? This yellow/orange Narciso Rodriguez blazer is SO SO amazing. It's one of those make-all-outfit-awesome pieces. If that's not your color, you can do the 3.1 Phillip Lim pink coat. Notice it has awesome mini textured pattern details. :D If those aren't enough...there're always Threeasfour's organic looking one or Thom Browne's usual menswear inspired offering (I do also like the rose tights tho).

At school, I often opt for softer winterwear for comfort. Knit cardies like this Preen Line one or Indian-inspired Libertine oversized one are uber cool.

In South Carolina, I like to wear mostly sweaters than coats. Maybe that's why I have developed an unusual sweater/sweatshirt hording tendency. Here, you are seeing Rag & Bone, Lacoste sweatshirts; and beautiful pink Sally LaPointe and decorated Rodarte sweaters.

There were also excellent Alexander Wang sweaters (as usual). For the black sweater, isn't that neckline super perfect?!!! I also like the shiny little squares which adds interesting characters to it.

I also spotted some military-inspired looks. I was especially excited for this because I purchased a pair of camouflage pants from Zara last December. And they're on my legs ever since. These Prabal Gurung cutout army green pieces are topssss. That 3.1 Phillip Lim camo sweater stands out because of the fur and zipper details. The Michael Kors fur camo coat is also very wearable.

Other patterned things that I love include these Araks offerings:

Marc by Marc Jacobs: (for the outfit on the left, you absolutely HAVE TO wear both the top and bottom pieces together!!!)

Checks from Elizabeth & James (I've been looking for plaid pants for forever and these ASOS and ASOS ones are my tops picks thus far, there's also a J. Crew pair coming out soon) and Victoria Beckham (she wore this one day out and about with baby Harper!):

Usual cool Jeremy Scott pieces (remember Cara's Bart Simpson outfit? Yup that's him):

Vertical and horizontal striped pants from Suno and 3.1 Phillip Lim (essentially this entire Phillip Lim outfit is awesome):

Wes Gordon's amazing fancypants, and Diane von Furstenberg's pink flare pants and metallic ones:

I have also yet to try these retro shapes & lengths on pants/skirts (from Assembly and Rachel Roy, respectively)

You probably have also noticed, that I am showing a lot of 3.1 Phillip Lim pieces. The fact is, this collection is very cool. Here're two patched-denim looks that I couldn't decide which to pick...

Lovely pink pieces by Rodebjer and Thakoon:

Other tops that I love are Rebecca Minkoff's "Space" tee, Narciso Rodriguez's flowy b&w tank, Derek Lam's black & nude tight (thermal?), and Richard Chai Love's cute dressy one.

Modern pieces (ok now I'm just making up categories) from Tibi (I also LOVE the knee-high boots) and Victoria Beckham (gorgeous yellow!):

Marc Jacobs did the most amazing pajama dressing pieces (from little midnight blue jacket to nude office-ready dress):

Another collection I have to mention is Proenza Schouler. This collection is so much different from what they were doing and it is sooooo impressive!!!! From the colors to the shapes to the little details...this is also a transition to dresses, by the way. :P

Let's start with some beautiful day dresses by Helmut Lang (more earthy tone awesomeness!), Peter Som (this is so spring-like), Cushnie et Ochs (that collar shape is amazing!!!), and Catherine Malandrino (art deco beauty).:

Baby blue ones by Pamella Roland and Timo Weiland:

Diane von Furstenberg's GORGEOUS suede wrap dress and blue boho(?) beach dress:

Different tastes of glam by Naeem Khan (super gorgeous textures and super unique), Badgley Mischka (hot!), Monique Lhuillier (spiderweb!), and Marc Jacobs (blinding hahaha):

All sorts of colors: Jen Kao (one of my favorite pieces this season in NY!), Marchesa, Jenny Packham (princess-y), Carolina Herrera (power), Marchesa (fab), Jill Stuart, Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier (beautiful arrays of green!), Jason Wu (my favorite color - cobalt).

Sexy dresses by Prabal Gurung and Cushnie et Ochs:

THE Oscar de la Renta dresses...OK. I spent forever trying to pick one of these two...but I failed.

This is actually one Narciso Rodriguez dress...but I was so surprised when the model turned and the back is gorgeous!!! (Sorry about cutting off sides of the dress...trying to fit them on here)

Now on to accessories! :D Shoes first: clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez.

Then bags: clockwise from top left: Reed Krakoff, Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Last but not least, other accessories (-.-), notably Marc Jacobs' super cute fake animal stole/neckwarmer and Anna Sui's necklace (I like the pink tights too...even though Anna's stuffs aren't usually my cup of tea).

What do you think? Did you like this season's NYFW? What are your favorite pieces/collections?

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