New York Fashion Week: Fall Ready To Wear 2012 - Armageddon Chic

Things are busy, which is pretty fun... lots of shoes and girls and vacant houses. Take that however you want to, I guess. When I'm not blogging here (which is apparently always) I'm chatting all things style at & Miss Ohio Vintage. Visit, please? Also, feel free to tweet me: @MissOhioVintage.

Anyway it's NYFW time, and Fall RTW is my favorite of all, so this seemed like the best place to rant and rave about my fave collections and biggest disappointments.

Why hello, BCBG Max Azria. Maybe you find it boring, but I actually wear this on a regular basis so it feels right to start here. There's this cool vibe, only as forced as most cool vibes at fashion week, but still graceful. It kind of speaks to a utilitarian trend, but not so literally. More like "I really really really want to be utilitarian, but let's face it, I am way too sexy for that shit."

Which brings me to Billy Reid. Because this collection is the furthest thing from sexy, and yet it plays out like a southern romance, and I am so much more turned on by this than the above transparency. A really great modern collection.

Did I mention things are looking a bit modern? There's a New World method to an equivocally vintage inspired trend. As seen in 3.1 Phillip Lim, among others, it looks like a few designers are taking notes from The Jetsons, or more likely from the Mid-Century modern designs of the 1950s and 60s that inspired the apparently fashion forward cartoon. It pairs well with the pseudo-utilitarian shapes, lines, and texture blocking. At times, it's a little more cult-in-the-middle-of-the-desert than space age, but it works.

Between the aforementioned occurrences and the currently trending apocalypse obsession, it's not surprising that these Helmut Lang looks resemble the wardrobe from a Resident Evil movie. I am totally okay with this and hope to come across a very large sum of money soon, so that I can purchase these items for myself. (I can only hope that I look like Ophelie Rupp while fighting off zombies.

To be fair, the Helmut Lang collection makes great use of texture. The usually subtle use of leather, fur, knits, and feathery what-not gifts the pieces a finer allure, and the impact results in a well-balanced finish.

Back to Max Azria... Herve Leger was a little darker. The leather bound models emitted an animalistic allure, with their corset-esque harnesses leaving me with the feeling that I'd done something wrong... (But it feels so right, doesn't it?)

I promise.. my next NYFW post will be a tad less dramatic.