Amanda's NYFW Snapshots

Amanda’s NYFW Snapshots

Now that the storm has passed and the crowd has moved on to the European shows, Barneys Fashion Director Amanda Brooks takes a moment to recap some of the more memorable moments from New York Fashion Week.

After most shows we run backstage to secure a look for advertising, and we use the run-of-show board as our guide—it’s a great way to instantly review all the looks at once. This was one of my favorites from Derek Lam‘s show—all of his peacoats were strong. He is building himself quite a legacy as the go-to designer for chic American sportswear.

I try to take a photo of Bill Cunningham every season, but this one is my favorite. The lighting makes him look like an angel.

Prabal is one of the most loveable people in the fashion industry. To me he looks like Tintin in this picture.

Seeing Gaia Repossi‘s incredible jewelry is always a highlight of fashion week, except that is makes me feel greedy and overwhelmed with lust. These big chandelier earrings are a new proportion for her. I wish I could email Jay-Z and tell him to buy them for Beyoncé. Wouldn’t they look amazing on her?

The Thom Browne show was based on the story of 10 girls who “died” for fashion (I couldn’t help but think he was referring to Rachel Zoe) and were lying in coffins dreaming about the fall 2012 collections.

The Row has delivered knockout bag after knockout bag, and their latest clutch is no exception.

L’Wren Scott‘s sexy muses Ellen Barkin and Rachel Feinstein chat in matching red sweaters after L’Wren’s decadent lunch and fashion show. The highlights? The caviar-stuffed potato, L’Wren’s romantic dresses in colorful velvets, and a Mick Jagger sighting.

I was sitting on the wrong side of runway to see Proenza Schouler‘s new bag shape up close, but I spied it from afar and couldn’t wait to get into the showroom to see it. This burgundy one will definitely be at the top of my fall shopping list.

I saw hints of red leather during the pre-fall shows, and it looked really fresh. So I was thrilled to see this dress at Thakoon—its feminine shape and rich color take away any toughness or ’80s nostalgia the leather might suggest.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s runway bow is always a highlight. She blasts an empowering girl anthem and walks with pride and power, all while spreading love and affection to the crowd.

I always look forward to Scott Sternberg‘s Band of Outsiders show, partially for the inspired sets he creates and the Momofuku Milk Bar cookies that are always waiting on our seats, but mostly for the sexy tomboy clothes that every girl wants to wear.

Just when I’m getting tired and—dare I say it—a bit jaded by fashion week, something comes along and snaps me to attention. This season that something was Rachel Feinstein’s miraculous handcut cardboard Marc Jacobs set. It was the perfect backdrop for the couture-inspired “Dr. Seuss” looks that went down the runway.

Joseph Altuzarra showed his strongest collection yet for fall, and this sexy-secretary-meets-french-maid dress stayed with me long after.

In the middle of all the insanity I got an email from Garance asking me to Valentine’s Day lunch at the Jane Hotel to talk about our favorite shows. I’m hoping we’ll make it a tradition.

This dress says so much about Rodarte to me—the romantic shape, the unexpected combination of materials and the sheer originality of it. I wonder how many designers can say so much about themselves in one piece of clothing. The best ones can for sure.

Of course the supermodels on the Alexander Wang runway gave us all a thrill, but the more lasting memory has been this leather vest. Every time I see someone on the street in a puffer now I think, “I wish it was leather.”

In a sea of burgundy, rust and hunter green, Phillip Lim‘s vivid orange was a real standout.

- AB

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