Whitney Port’s First NYFW Runway Show [Video]

A look from the Whitney Eve fall 2012 collection and designer Whitney Port on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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Whitney Eve’s first solo New York Fashion Week runway show (prior events have been presentations and joints shows in Miami or in L.A.) for Fall/Winter 2012 was admirable for its restraint. Inspired by an antique kaleidoscope found in her grandmother’s house, Whitney Port unveiled tailored angles and jewel tones and at no point threatened to allow her collection to fragment into scattered, disparate stories. Set to the backdrop of Beyoncé’s “Run The World? (Girls),” M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls,” Robyn’s “Fembot,” and The Big Pink’s “Dominos,” there were sequins, dainty peplum blouses, pretty bubble prints, fluttery blouses, cocktail dresses with geometric beading, and a cannily cut and breezy-to-wear suit.

We caught up with the flaxen-haired designer to talk about the iridescent nails (blue!), her inspiration, and some of her favorite pieces.


The suit was lean, unstructured, with a single button and cropped trousers, and very much the Whitney Eve staple that we’re sure to be seeing Ms. Port wearing later this year. I particularly favored the horizontally striped burnout velvet baby doll shirt/dress (worn with tiny black shorts) for its ’90s callback. Another vintage aspect was the knit, high-waisted flares and sweaters that were reminiscent of shag rugs, but for me they betray a slight affectation, like a stunningly beautiful girl wearing thick, geeky glasses frames.

Models walk the runway at the Whitney Eve Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 15, 2012, in New York City.
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Overall, the offerings were confident and shrewd with another outstanding element being the slinky, silky painted velvets. Thank God, though, that there were no renderings of pirate ships or Elvis on the pile fabrics because that wouldn’t have been very Whitney Eve at all.

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