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Diane Von Furstenburg, President of the CFDA

Paris Fashion Week ended less than a week ago, and already the drama has begun. Usually, it is about designers switching houses or editors at magazines. Well, not this year. The issue comes from Milan.

Fashion weeks are orchestrated by a reigning fashion authority of some sort that determines the parameters of the industry within each country or city. For example, in the US, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) makes major decisions about helping young designers and nurturing the industry in America. The BFC (British Fashion Council) serves the same purpose in the United Kingdom, and so on.

Days after the conclusion of fashion week, the Camera Nazionale della Moda (Milan’s equivalent of the BFC and CFDA) announced the dates for Milan Fashion Week’s 2013 spring collections. The dates are September 19-25, which would push up Milan FW a whole week, therefore, intruding on the end of New York FW and essentially overlapping with London FW.

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Proenza Schouler wins best collection at New York Fashion Week.

Before I say anything, I have a confession: I’m a Chanel FIEND. I shamelessly love everything Chanel and worship Karl Lagerfeld even though he’s alarmingly self-important. So when the first look down the PS runway was the quintessential Chanel tweed suit with a twist, it was love. I had to see more.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear

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The subsequent looks did not disappoint; to the contrary, my jaw kept on dropping. The color palette was soft but strong, crazy but ladylike. There was tweed everywhere in every color and every way; greens, pinks, and grays. We even got a hint of that memorable neon green and orange from last spring. Black was present but mostly as a compliment to the other colors. PS maintained their signature prints and crazy bold colors all while experimenting with a new ladylike and polished aesthetic.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2001 Ready-to-Wear

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This season, most of the New York shows seemed to be working around the same trends (all-white palettes, sheer, straps…), which made the Proenza Schouler collection fresh, modern, and completely irresistible.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

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~Nadjma Sako