Ann Caruso's Fashion Week: Day 5

Celebrity stylist and fashion consultant Ann Caruso continues her guest blogging for FashionEtc. On day five of Fashion Week, she went to Carolina Herrera, Chris Benz, Rachel Roy and more!

Day Five: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

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Looks from the Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 runway.

Carolina Herrera

An artist’s studio inspired Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2012 collection. Her prints looked like an artist’s canvas that included abstract brush strokes or modern art. Her models looked like proper ladies with their hair done and their minimal makeup was perfection. Classic silhouettes, Japanese obi belts, feather trim, and ball skirts made Carolina Herrera an uptown girl favorite. (See the full collection.)

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Looks from the Rachel Roy Fall 2012 Collection.

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy made a strong  presentation for her Fall 2012 collection. Her models stood on platforms wearing architectural silhouettes in colors from greens, plum, and purple. Great minaudières and clutches were by Kotur for Rachel Roy. Rachel attracts all kinds of customers and I know many will find lots to wear in this collection.

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Looks from the Carlos Miele Fall 2012 runway.

Carlos Miele

Brazilian designer, Carlos Miele was inspired by Southern Brazil, especially Rio Grande do Sul. His reference point was the traditional gaucho, which included authentic gaucho hats and sashes. This season, Miele departed from his usual focus on eveningwear.

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Looks from the Reem Acra Fall 2012 runway.

Reem Acra

It was all about feminine power at Reem Acra with second skin leather outfits and underpinnings made of see-through lace and chiffon. Reem Acra expanded her Ready to Wear collection and it was a huge success.  The show also had her usual Red Carpet showstoppers, which included sexy, slinky dresses and gowns with cut outs, but my favorite were the minis! Watch out Hollywood, get ready for lots of legs.

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Looks from the Chris Benz Fall 2012 Collection.

Chris Benz

Chris Benz’s Fall 2012 collection is all about the dressier side of American sportswear. His nostalgia for watching his mother get dressed for a party, television Christmas specials, Dolly Parton, Judy Garland, and Doris Day all inspired this collection. It is all about going to a party with ribbons, bows, shrugs, mink trims, ‘50s style skirts and gorgeous past-the-knee straight skirts. The color he infuses in his collections can’t be beat. This was a presentation not to be missed. (See the full collection.)

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Looks from the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2012 runway.

Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra had a strong first runway show and went back to his original aesthetic that he was first known for and that we first loved about him. He showed a collection that was inspired by the early 20th century Chinese opera. Bibhu hit on the Asian trend this Fall, with some of his cuts and prints. His attention to detail was apparent in each piece. His clean lines, colored furs, bell sleeves, vermillion poppy print, and embroidered gowns made this collection a huge success.

Ann Caruso has an illustrious career working for magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle as well as luxury brands.

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