Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Whitney Eve Goes Chic Vintage Boho.

February 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: Newbie designer Whitney Port was inspired by “an antique kaleidoscope she found in her grandmother’s house” for her namesake collection Whitney Eve — an image which resonated throughout her show in the Studio at Lincoln Center. Sequined polka dots popped and a bohemian mix of colors and textures resonated in a stylish way: an urban hodgepodge filled with comfortable silhouettes in looks for both day and evening.

There was an interesting iteration of knit throughout the collection, that included multi-textured sweaters and flared pants. Psychedelic, graphic and paisley prints made their way onto matching blazer/trouser combos, as well as mini-skirts and leggings. Crushed velvet also made an appearance, in wide-legged starburst-patterned pants, a tunic and a blazer. These fabrics and prints added a vintage feel to the collection, inspiring the thrifted aesthetic of treasures found in your grandmother’s attic with the unique point-of-view of the stylish eye.

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know what to expect from Port, someone whose dreams of designing were chronicled on a stale spin-off from The Hills. But with this collection she embraced some unique fabric choices, and infused them with a varied and visually interesting combination of prints and texture. With that, there was a sense of confident quirkiness and wit that was playful and refreshing. It seems like she’s taking heed of her new place in the New York fashion scene and working to put her own spin on things. We’ll see what she brings next season.

Colors: Orange, blue, plum, white, magenta, camel, cream, black, pale blue, navy, chocolate, metallic, silver, gold.

Fabrics and Textures: Splatter prints, velvet, wrapped, polka dots, knit, ruffled, ruched, sequins, kaleidoscope prints, sheer, cropped

Key Looks: Orange knit Peacock cardigan, Orion velvet pant and stud choker; Graphic black and white print blazer with matching cropped trousers; Black tank with silver polka dots, crushed velvet starburst blazer and navy cropped trousers.

— Amanda Aldinger

Photos: NYMag

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