New York Fashion Week - A/W '12

Good morning everyone! It's currently 2:30am, and I've been working on my biannual NYFW post for a few hours now. I'm heading off to London tomorrow afternoon, for my first London Fashion Week experience. I'm beyond excited, and I can't wait to share my journey with you all, day by day. I'm bringing along a laptop, my video camera and my brick of a digital camera; I plan on documenting my every step. I'm there for 8 days, so I'll be doing some exploring, as well as attending some shows.
I must say, NYFW is never one of my favourite weeks of the fashion season, I always find London and Paris more 'my cuppa tea'. However, I loved this season's collections for Autumn/Winter, and discovered some fabulous new designers through my fashion week treks across the interweb.
Jeremy Scott has been my favourite designer for the last few years, but Prabal Gurung has officially kicked him off his place in my mind. I featured Prabal Gurung in my top 3 collections from NYFW S/S '12, and have fallen in love with his visions more and more, as the seasons pass. He is definitely one designer to watch and keep an eye on, his collections only get better and better. I literally teared up watching the video on his collection, and Prabal explaining the story and vision he had behind the designs. Crying watching fashion shows is nothing new to me, since I was a young teen, fashion has always made me so emotional and inspired. Fashion is art, and art moves and changes people, including me. It always reminds me of how much of a passion I have for the arts, and especially the fashion world alone.
I did love Jeremy Scott's collection this season, but I just didn't find it as exciting as his last two or three previous collections. Whilst it's enthralling and fun, I just found it very typical of Jeremy; like he played it a bit 'safe'. He seems to have incorporated every underground trend evaporating out of the website Tumblr it seems; bindis, unicorns, tie-dye, rainbows, cartoon logos. It's cute, it's playful but I feel it's a little done. The individual items are pretty, especially the striped two-piece, and I see a ton of celebs (Rihanna, Jessie J, Katy Perry etc) latching on to Scott's funky ensembles from the show. I liked it, but didn't love it.
I particularly enjoyed Badgley Mischka, Victoria Beckham, Tadashi Shoji and Monique Lhuiller's collections also, four designers who I've recently never heard of, or who've never particularly caught my eye in the past. Each of their collections were gorgeous, appealing and all very different from eachother.
Beauty-wise, Derek Lam and Jeremy Scott's makeup looks stood out for me the most; both complete opposites! Lam's models wore brown smokey eyes, with a nude lip and dewy finish to the skin. Whilst Scott's models, were adorned with multi-coloured bindis, paying homage to Gwen Stefani during her 90s No Doubt days. I absolutely adore the blue lipstick, and have a feeling I'll sport some during LFW. Very inspiring altogether!

Prabal Gurung
Badgley Mischka
Jeremy Scott
Victoria Beckham
 Tadashi Shoji
 Monique Lhuiller
Derek Lam
Jeremy Scott