Fashionable Life: Flirty Girly at MBFW

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Designers bring out delicate draping and layers of ruffles to honor their ultimate inspiration- women.
By Elaine Mensah

Yoanna Baraschi S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Yoanna Baraschi S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the standout trend has been what I like to call “Fun, Flirty, and Girly.” Essentially, the clothing on the runway celebrates femininity. From cute frocks, to structured skirts, flowy blouses, draped dresses, frills, and ruffles- even the details of the seasonconjure images of soft femininity. One thing designers have not skimped on in their collections  is quality. Sumptuous fabric and delicate draping lend a luxe air to each garment.

One of my favorite spins on the trend came from designers Binetti and newcomer Yoanna Baraschi, who presented their collections off the runway in a more intimate presentation. I love presentations (although I must say the nudging and shoving for real estate is no fun) because they allow you a closer look at the clothes. Instead of strutting stoic and expressionless down the runway, but presentations  allow models to play a character and give the clothes a story.

Yoanna Baraschi S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Yoanna Baraschi S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

BINETTI S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Binetti S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

In the Cynthia Rowley’s show, the clothing boomed with personality. The Rowley collection has certainly been one of my favorites thus far (Although Cynthia Rowley was the first fashion house I ever worked for, so I do have  soft spot for the brand). The colors, textures, and design pattern were impeccable, and the color-block styling was a look I will be recreating this spring.
Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Cynthia Rowley S/S2011. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC.

Nothing defined fun, flirty, and girly more than Zac Posen’s Z-Spoke collection. Zac provided scads of bright, colorful, and animated options, especially with separates, which will allow girls to put their own twist on the Z-Spoke style.

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

Zac Posen Z-Spoke. Photos courtesy of Vithaya Phongsavan for SVELTE, LLC

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