Whitney "Fashion expert" Port delivers Nineties-inspired collection (and not in a good way)


Is this what you call stylish, Whitney 'Fashion expert' Miss Port delivers Nineties-inspired collection
The reality star and new Britain's Next Top Model judge seemed to have taken her style lead from comedy classic Don't Tell Mom The Baby Sitter's Dead with garish prints, shapeless silhouettes and velvet

Whitney Port debuted her fall 2012 collection for label, Whitney Eve, this morning to a soundtrack of girl power tunes from Beyonce and M.I.A and with fashion A-listers, Coco Rocha and Tyson Beckford, stationed front row.

Sadly however, the famous faces and playful beats were more impressive than the collection which, according to the press release, was inspired by a kaleidoscope but looked more jack-in-the-box.

It seemed Miss Port couldn't quit shrug off her Californian instincts for New York Fashion Week. Many of the ensembles were loose-fitting almost to the point of shapeless, with patterns that evoked a modern day re-imagining of the 1991 movie, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

Whitney Eve's Fall/Winter 2012 show was more Nineties jack-in-the-box than modern kaleidoscope

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Clowning around: The famous faces and playful beats at the show created more of a stir than the clothes which, according to the press release, were inspired by a kaleidoscope but looked more jack-in-the-box

Whitney Eve Fall 2012

Whitney Eve Fall 2012

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The first model onto the runway showcased a silky two-piece casual trouser suit in a matching print that returned several times throughout the show.

Heels were dizzyingly high and worn over a pair of socks for a number of looks heightening the overall clumsiness of the collection. Bright oranges were disappointingly sickly in hue and prints were garish rather than bold.

 Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Skirts were short but cuts were unflattering and shapeless at Whitney Port's second show for New York Fashion Week

The second look to sashay its way down the catwalk set a precedent for the other recurring theme of the show: luxe velvet, the kind worn by young teens in the early Nineties.

A sludge green wrap dress was the
probably the most digestible of the designs in this fabric that
re-appeared in a variety of garments including tank dresses and
trousers.

Designer Whitney Port waves at her audience following her Whitney Eve show at Fashion Week

Designer Whitney Port waves at her audience following her Whitney Eve show at Fashion Week

Other skirts were short a la Miss Port
who is often seen showing off her endless pins. Shirt sleeves were
generously capped and over-sized cardigans and sweaters were striped
with blocks of thick velvet.

The evening looks were somewhat less
clown-like and a touch more mature. Tunic style dresses with sequins and
sparkle were paired with tights or leggings and tuxedo jackets.

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Christina Applegate in a similar print in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Garish patterns at the young Los Angeles-born designer's show (left) were reminiscent of the 1991 movie starring Christina Applegate, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (right)

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Jayne Brook in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

The evening looks were slightly more mature though also evocative of the late Eighties and early Nineties with capped sleeves and big shoulders (left) similar to Jayne Brook's party dress in the popular 1991 movie (right)

Whitney Eve Fall/Winter 2012

Christina Applegate in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Velvet abounded on Miss Port's runway (left) in the shape of tank dresses, pants and slouchy cardigans, another hark back to the relaxed, sexy style of Ms Applegate in the Nineties comedy (right)

The models' crimped and fluffed tresses, pinned at the side, and simple make-up with red lips, enhanced the laid-back vibe of the collection and the youthfulness of the looks.

Miss Port gave a brief, smiling salutation at the end of the show. She has a lot to be pleased about having been invited to join the panel of judges on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model with Tyson Beckford.