During Mercedes Benz Fashion Week several designer’s Spring 2012 collections seemed like a perfect fit with Miami’s lifestyle, culture, weather and fashion sense. Throughout the week Miami Chic will be showcasing those designers and their creations that will be having a major impact on our city next season. Here’s our next four.
Adam: It was menswear meets lady like chic with Adam Lippes’ collection. Lavender, cotton candy pink, polka dots and florals from head-to-toe stood out in a sea of pretty solids. The key piece here (see above) was an ivory pantsuit boasting oversized pink and blue blooming roses. We especially liked how a vanilla sheer button down sexily peeked out to break a bit of the 70s styled monotony. If there is one place this ensemble needs to be donned is at Soho House in Miami Beach.
Charlotte Ronson: We saw an explosion of denim in the beginning of Ronson’s show as it morphed into two-toned dresses, tops with matching bottoms and monogrammed overalls. Various shades of blue floated in on knitted crop tops and ombre skirts. Some hints of tangerine popped in for a bit as did some gardenia toned frocks. Overall, the look was 70s boho meets Victorian era. We appreciated Ronson’s nod to socks with sandals, a trend in Miami that is only embraced by a few and her statement making leather chokers that suit Bardot late nights or Wynwood Art Walks.
Rebecca Minkoff :The designer recently held two pop up shops in Miami’s Koko & Palenki in Aventura and Merrick Park. Her Spring 2012 collection called Desert Love took us on a trip throughout the desert which was inspired by her recent visit to Arizona as well as the architectural work of Luis Barragan. The color palette here was earth tones with bursts of neon. Garments had burnout prints, deconstructed crochet and slashed backs. Everything from the shoes to the scarves to sunglasses were Minkoff’s creations. “I think that flowing dress to the sexy tiger dresses the Miami girl can find something for day time and night in this collection,” said a very pregnant Minkoff backstage after her show. The key piece here was her Mango Becky jacket and slasher print short that were blended with a Swarovski leather cuff, a pumpkin colored purse and the designer’s black gladiator-esque wedges.
Badgley Mischka: “Color is the big statement for Spring and I think fashionistas are going to wear a colored dress with colorful accessories,” said James Mischka backstage before his show. His collection with Mack Badgley was indeed a lot more colorful than the duo’s past lines. It was inspired by the Italian futurist sculptor Umberto Boccioni. Violet, sherbert, melon apricot, clementine, citron, magenta and limes were seen on gowns, leather, sequin shorts, linen and tweed. Our pick was a gold lurex tweed bustier paired with a flowy turquoise crepe chiffon pant that seemed more skirt like. It was cinched with a metallic belt and was ideal for a fancy dinner at The Forge followed with dancing at the Fontainebleu’s LIV.