European couture appeal at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY

From 9 to 16 February 2012, more than 99 labels - from group presentations of emerging designers like 'Concept Korea' over sportswear such as by the French label Lacoste or the Japanese-German brand Y-3, to the 'Grandes Dames' of the city like Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vera Wang are showing their collections in front of thousands professionals and fashion addicts off- and online at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

The LiveRunway stream on YouTube and the MBFW-website on deliver news in real-time and background information about the participating labels. Even the ones who are interested more in the 'scene' than in fashion will be satisfied on the website.

On the first sight, the designers at the MBFW New York provide this year stronger European couture appeal on the catwalks than the years before.

fig. original: Fall/Winter 2012/13 collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City. Photos: Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Copyright: 2012 Getty Images.

Rebecca Minkoff's sportive hoodie is worked like an elegant English tailored boucle costume jacket with black leather edgings. The jacket is combined to yellow trousers with stitching over the knees. The stitiching can be read as a citation of sport pants protection elements. Rebecca Minkoff (born in San Diego, CA; founded her label in 2001). Video from the catwalk on YouTube. Photo by Frazer Harrison, on 10 February 2012.

The big hats and 70s sexy female, colorful and flower printed outfits with tribal details are signatures of the style of Nicole Miller FW2012/13 (the photo above, right; video of the show on this page below). Nicole Miller (studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, techniques of couture at Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne; founded her label in 1994). Photo by Frazer Harrison, 10 February 2012.

On the snow decorated catwalk at Lacoste, the models appeared in sportive suits and outerwear with a touch of 1960s 'James Bond in the mountains on skis' aesthetics.
Lacoste (designed by Felipe Oliveira Baptista - born 1975 in Portugal, studied fashion design at Kingston University). Video from the catwalk on YouTube. Photo by Mike Coppola, 11 February 2012.

Hervé Léger by Max Azria enhances the female figure with bondage elements (the label is known for the 'bondage dress') and applies with fur and leather a raw style to feminine, soft floating dresses. Hervé Léger by Max Azria (founded in 1985, belongs since 1998 to BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP). The label Hervé Léger is the first French couture label that was acquired by an US design brand. Video from the catwalk on YouTube. Photo by Frazer Harrison, 11 February 2012.

Video: Nicole Miller FW2012/13 on 10 February 2012 at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Source: Original article with images and video on


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