As the international fashion weeks roll out, we’re still processing everything we saw in New York – especially as a lot of it has shown up in London and Milan.
From bluemarine to seafoam, colors inspired by the sea are big for spring 2009. While blue and white are often used in combo, it’s anything but nautical – much more chic and streamlined.
Above are some of the more innovative blues we saw on the runways – from Jonathan Saunders, Tuleh and Peter Som. Tuleh took the colors of a seaside sunset straight from the landscape for his skirt suit and Som’s design captures all the colors of the ocean.
Blue is definitely going to be popular in its basic, primary-color incarnation. DKNY and Tadashi Shoji both had short, blue dresses floating down the runway in light, airy fabrics with lots of movement.
In fact, fabrics that move a bit like the waves seemed to be a popular way of helping the hues evoke images of the sea. Iodice did it with long, flowing gowns and Jonathan Saunders kept his short but still quite dressy. We love the shape of his dress and how the colors enhance it.
Now that the madness of New York Fashion Week has ended, I have a bit more time to contemplate what I saw walking down the runways. Florals were big again for spring, but there were fewer romantic gardens and more modern, artistic looks. I loved the long brushstroke stripe-y feel of the prints at Rodarte, Michael Angel and Diane von Furstenberg, above. While Kate and Laura Mulleavy used their swirling colors to create movement and add shape to stunning effect at Rodarte, Michael Angel’s watercolors were my favorites. The fluidity of the print gives the fluidity of the fabric an extra oomph, making it more chic than boho. Sure, a hippy-chick might wear these shapes, but she’s no flower child living in a van. She has a more meticulous, cultivated look. Diane von Furstenberg’s prints were just perfect for a party, they look fun and easy. Just what you want after being released from winter’s layers.
To see how desigers rethought florals for 09, keep reading. Also, to see more pics and a review of each collection, click on that designer’s name.
Florals weren’t the big story they were in spring 2008, and the designers who did use them wisely changed up the type of flowers that adorned their garments. Gone were the Laura Ashley romantics. Designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Nanette Lepore went painterly and graphic with sophisticated color palettes. Both evoke Monet’s water lillies, but each collection used a different take on color to create a mature and modern vibe.
Tadashi Shoji’s Spring 2009 collection was perfect for the girl who wants to look beautiful without standing out too much. With the exception of a few pieces done in sunburst yellow (a very nice shade that is in between lemon and fluorescent yellow) and ultramarine, most of the pieces remained in a neutral color palette and without too many frills.
There was an abundance of silk organza and some gorgeous ruffle detailing. I particularly liked an ivory silk organza blouse with ruffles cascading down the front as well as an ultramarine cotton cocktail dress with the ruffles cascading down the back – so feminine, yet sexy. Though, unless you’re rail thin, wearing a cascade of ruffles may not be the wisest choice.
A handful of looks were paired with hooded organza anoraks which looked great.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of fringe, but given how sculptural (i.e. gorgeous, but stiff) the majority of this collection was, the two fringe looks were a nice way of adding a little bit of movement and spice to the mix.
My two favorite looks – an ivory silk faille sculpted strapless cocktail dress and an ivory pleated silk tulle cocktail dress – though completely lust-worthy, looked very much like something one might wear to their beach wedding rather than to a cocktail party. The final look too – a white tucked silk organza strapless gown – looked very much like a wedding dress.
Carmen Marc Valvo’s Spring 2009 collection was aptly titled Plain Geometry. Though there was nothing simple about CMV’s intricately overlaid fabrics and seemingly effortlessly draped gowns, the collection had a clear emphasis on basic geometry. A handful of looks utilized satin ribbons woven to create a checker board of squares — a black silk ribbon basket woven strapless cocktail dress and an ivory basked woven one-piece swimsuit stood-out from the bunch.
CMV’s most stunning looks were, of course, his eveningwear pieces in particular an ivory silk jersey asymmetric shoulder gown that had beautiful mid-section pleating and a grass green (loved the grass color – wonderfully vibrant though it did make some of the looks look more fall then spring especially given how much black there was in the collection), chiffon gown with a criss-cross in the front.
For the more casual looks there were beautiful silk tops and silk crepe trousers which were ruffled at the top and belted.
The collection seemed somewhat redundant with an overflow of twisted, draped pieces and basket woven ones and I wish that CMV would branch-out and take some risks on occasion, but that said, there is no denying that CMV is a master at creating wonderfully chic and elegant looks.
Michelle Smith’s Milly collection was a complete throwback to the 1960’s. The models strutted down the runway in yellow, purple and green. The flowy dresses and tops were made of chiffon and tie-dyed to reflect an era that designers seem to replicate often.
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A lavender silk crepe-de-chine dress with white crocheted trim caught my eye–it was feminine, flirty and fun. Shades of brown paired with gold and shimmery belts allowed the collection to transition from day to night. The use of ruffles and bold prints tied the garments into a cohesive unit while projecting an aura of modern feminity. Milly is by far one of the most exciting and fun collections I’ve seen this Fashion Week!
Ok, so I’m not going to lie, I was a bit worried about the Joanna Mastroianni show. While waiting in line, I saw some unfortunate outfits. Several, actually. There was a woman wearing metrocards on her pants – dangling metro cards. [Editor's Note: Those pants are clearly this woman's signature style because I saw them earlier in the week as well.]
But I was highly impressed with the show, mainly because I love bright colors paired with black and white. Read on for more.
The beginning of the show was full of yellows and oranges, then came the black and white prints. Deep V and cowl necks were used on the front and back of the garmets. The black and gold beaded tops were beautiful, though not my style. After the show everyone was talking about the two white wedding dresses. One sported a deep V in the back, and the other had puffy sleeves reminiscent of roses. The two models walked down the runway hand in hand. The show was good but the image everyone really took with them was the white dresses, which isn’t a bad thing to be remembered for.
It was all in the details for Vera Wang yesterday, when she presented her spring ’09 collection which centred around the accessories. Playing to her signature strengths of draping and delicate embellishment, it was the jewellery that made the biggest statement. Thickly encrusted motorcycle and bib necklaces hung low against loosely layered shift dresses, and stretchy leggings. It may not appeal to everyone’s taste, nor will it create the biggest ripples at fashion week, but it was a pleasure to see Wang transform simple shapes into things of beauty.
Reem Acra’s Spring 2009 collection was all about vibrantly bright colors and semi-precious stone detailing – sound like a fairy tale? Indeed many of the looks did look straight-out of a fairy tale, but not in a good way. A chunk of the collection with its abundance of embroidery, uber bright fuchsias, sea blues, apple reds and gold veered towards the costume and even tacky costume at that.
Acra presented an overflow of kimonos, tunics, caftans and wraps – many of which looked unflatteringly shapeless, shabby, and redundant in their lack of innovation (not to mention one tan charmeuse kimono that looked nothing if not like a bathrobe).
The oddest thing for me though was a black and white stripe double breasted pant suit that seemed totally misplaced in the collection, not to mention how it left the model looking like Beetle Juice.
That said, not all was lost with the collection. Acra presented two gorgeous asymmetrical gowns – a sunburst pleated one and the other, a sterling silver lame tulle one. In fact, despite it all, no one can deny that Acra is a master at pleating.
There was also an organza gown with a side bow that was chic, but somewhat reminiscent of Olivier Theyskens (think the Nina Ricci dress he designed that Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the premiere of Sex and the City).
Also I thought it to be worth mentioning that the designer ended the show by walking-out carrying her white pooch.
Iodice sent a sea of beautiful, flowing dresses down their spring 2009 runway. Fabrics were flowing but had some weight to them, and a subtle sheen. There were also lovely, glowing satins. We’d love to see this designer get on the mainstream radar with some red-carpet love, and there were plenty of subtly draped options. Their glamorous swimwear in classic silhouettes also deserves a mention.
Pictures after the jump.
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[Photos for images 1 and 3, above, via Coutorture; all else ShinyStyle]
Chris Benz showed his spring 2009 collection in a small theater on the west side, and the clothes definitely matched the vibe. Pretty tops and dresses that could easily go a little too Sunday brunch to be cool pass the test with interesting layers and pairings. Saturated tropical pinks and oranges were muted with soft neutrals and pale blues and yellows. It seems like spring is going to be a very colorful affair.
Ports 1961 definitely sent one of the more interesting collections of spring 09 down the runway, with headgear that resembled felt Thanksgiving craft projects and tribal-inspired styles in shiny primary colors. Not to mention that all of this was set to the musical stylings of Cowboy Junkies. It was a lot to take in. But, there was a lot to like about the more understated pieces seen on the catwalk, too.
Pale yellow figured into the very colorful collection charmingly, while metallics were used to varying degrees of success. My favorite of the more avant-garde pieces was a bronzy-gold dress with long, asymmetrical strips of fringe. I didn’t understand where the red and blue pieces really figured into this collection of mostly neutrals and pale hues. One necklace was clearly made of uninflated red, blue, and yellow balloons – I had a hair clip very similar to it when I was in elementary school. I don’t even think it was cool then. So, all in all, I consider this a rather uneven collection.
The Cowboy Junkies kind of added to the surreal confusion with their slow, ethereal rock mix that had each model taking several minutes to stomp around the room. Thanks to them I was totally late backstage at Gottex and the hair and makeup teams were already gone.
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With show after show of colourful femininity, the Diesel Black Gold show was a refreshing change, presenting an edgy punk-meets-classic collection. Dotted with distressed denim that has been sprayed with bleach, menswear was given a new lease of life and interpreted for women. Add some low-slung cummerbunds, tailored military jackets, and feather millinery for some 19th century sophistication, and you have a casual too-cool-for-school range, sure to be a winner with the young crowd. Take for example, Daisy Lowe and Mark Ronson (pictured above, left) – this fashion week’s hottest couple, seen just about everywhere.
Swimwear fashion isn’t really my thing, I usually order one swimsuit a year from J.Crew in some variation of a V-neck or key-hole style. But watching the pretty, sexy styles parade by at Gottex had me thinking about branching out.
The styles started out classic nautical, and then became more graphic with large anchors in pinks and blues. Then flowers, a few ruffles and cutouts came down the catwalk. There was something for everyone from one-pieces and floaty robes for the more shy, to itty-bitty bikinis for the more brazen.
Messiahs of the red carpet gown, Marchesa, presented their spring/summer ’09 collection not on the catwalk but at an installation this week. As some have put it, it seems a shame not to see these pieces of artwork float about on the runway, but still, they are more than worth the pause in an otherwise too-hectic-for-words fashion week schedule.
[Image: Astrid Stawiarz/Coutorture]
This time, Georgina Chapman and design partner, Keren Craig, dipped into their inspirations from China. Magnificent gowns, adorned with hand-woven embroidery, mandarin collars, feathers and flowers, left its guests breathless. Bundles of organza, mixed with layers of chiffon, were applied to column dresses, minis, shift styles, and of course ball gowns. Of course, all this does is leave me wondering what I wouldn’t give to wear one of these amazing creations. Perhaps my left arm? I am right-handed after all.
Another late show…let’s add it to the list! So, I waited ONE hour for the Max Azria show to start. Who knows what they were doing back there! There were a few great pieces but the collection was pretty simple. First they showed a collection of leather jackets and vests. They all that came to a “V” at the bottom and had monster shoulder pads. They looked similar to that one vest Miss. Britney Spears wore in her “Toxic” video.
They were shown in soft colors – greys, blues and light browns. Most of the dresses were really flirty and drapey. An interesting style was the “Vlada,” a heavily pleated and draped asymmetrical dress. Probably not something the average girl could wear, but unique for sure. My favorite was the “Yulia Georgette Gown,” shown in an ink color; also loose and drapey. Everything was styled with a belt or a pretty cool cross leather shoulder bag that met at the waist and wrapped around your hips–almost like an ultra chic fanny pack. On the less simplistic side, Azria showcased a sheer cardigan over boy shorts for a more sexy look.
My eyes are still flickering from the Nanette Lepore show. There was only one row separating me from Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth of The Hills and the photogs were clicking-away right up until the very last second before the show. How celebrities don’t get migraines from all these flashes I’ll never understand. Migraine aside, Nanette Lepore presented a collection that mixed neutrals with pops of color (poppy, lime green, teal, hibiscus, leaf, stone), and prints for a floral-filled, feminine and romantic Spring collection that was heavy on the ruffles, paisley and stripes.
There were some great accessories. In particular, some beautiful flower necklaces designed by Gerard Yosca that were a nice complement to the collection’s ruffles and cascading, fluid looks.
Many of the pieces had wonderful detailing. In particular there was a rich, glossy red dress that had lines of fabric coming down from about shoulder height to waist that stood-out as being particularly lust-worthy. I also liked the ruffle-detailing on the backs of jackets and pockets of cargo pants.
I’m usually not a fan of floral and paisley-prints, but this season Nanette Lepore took prints that could have easily turned out to look very prairie girl and made them into something modern, fun, flirty and entirely wearable.
Being my first time at fashion week, going to my first show – Tony Cohen – was a bit overwhelming. Surrounded by all the beautiful people and clothes was intimidating for the first day. I was a bit unsure of myself , wondering if I was going to be able to get “in.” After about an hour of waiting for standing room, we all were allowed into the room.
The collection was draped beautifully, but began to get repetitive. Hand-pleated and pin-tucked dresses flowed down the runway in earth tones. These dresses ranged in length from very short to floor grazing mainly in ivory,brown and blue. I fell in love with the dresses but the tie-dyed pants left something to be desired. Knowing how hard it is to actually hand pleat a dress, the craftsmanship was impressive. My personal favorite was the very last piece; a long brown,pleated dress out of chiffon. So the experience of my very first time at fashion week will be one I will always remember.
Peruvian Shumaq designer Vanessa Barrantes (who is a total sweetheart BTW!) got her inspiration from a recent trip to Mexico in a small beach town. “I was feeling relaxed, and in turn the look became relaxed and sexy,” she told me.” They are fun and the dressing and shorts are fitted to the body, high-waisted with emphasis on the waist. I wanted clothes that felt good. ”
Using eco-friendly organic cotton as the basic fabric for her clothes, with denim and jersey, she has created a line that is flirty, playful, summery, sexy and feminine. The emphasis is on what feels good. And believe me, these clothes looked great! The dazzling palette of sherberty colors was sweet and fresh, hinting at happiness.
The Shumaq girls sauntered out with little half-smiles, as if already knowing how good this oh-nine line will make you feel. Barrantes kept it relaxed with neutral heels and flats and kept the focus on her clothes. Fitted trousers, soft brown and black shirts with subtle ruffles brought to mind an easy carefree day, with a sexy hot date at night.
Bright paisleys, floaty florals, fun yellow and black jumpsuits with soft four-button- down tanks completed the casual line. Sexy ruffles and strapless black gowns were perfect summer nightwear.
If you’re looking for flirty, feminine and fun, Tracy Reese never disappoints. Plus she puts on a good show.
When the strings of lights above the runway slowly lit up as the music began to pulse, everyone eagerly anticipated the first look.
The theme was soft, wearable dresses that translated to everyday wear; clothes that were effortlessly chic and sassy. Soft chiffon and slim ruffles combined with fitted belted waists added an ethereal look that just made the models merely float down the runway.
For more on Tracy Reese and who was front row (hint: an Ugly Betty star) keep reading.
Lots of bright, flirty colors were used in Tracy’s collection – mauves, greens, pinks and oranges. When one model came out with a strapless, flared orange and crème dress, a murmur went through the audience – they loved it.
A belted trench was also a favorite of the crowd’s – each piece elicited a new response.
The hair styles were also quite chic, loose buns to accentuate the simplicity and svelteness of the line. One of my favorites were the accessories. Lots of stings necklaces and chandelier earrings.
My favorite was a light forest green dress with an off the shoulder wrap sleeve and a wrap-around necklace and a small flounce at the bottom. The color and the draping are quite flattering, and I predict this will become a timeless classic.
PS- Spotted in the front row were Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty, Bijou Phillips (to the left of model with green dress) and Brandy (behind model).
[Above the fold images: Coutorture, all others ShinyStyle; By Christine Tarlecki]
Tory Burch showed her Spring 2009 collection at the Matthew Marks Gallery in Chelsea this afternoon and I literally could spot the ladies who lunch crowd that was gathered waiting for the show to start (decked-out in head-to-toe Burch), a mile away. Backstage I got some scoop on the Redken hair products and Bobbi Brown cosmetics that were used to achieve the looks – check out ShinyGloss for those details.
When it came to the collection itself, I was most impressed by the accessories (no surprise given that Tony Burch is a CFDA-award winner for her accessories). The gold-spiked cuff bracelets and skinny belts were very reminiscent of Hermes Collier de Chien and were instantly eye-catching, as were the lust-worthy stacked gold bracelets, bold chain necklaces, sexy pumps, straw fedoras, and handbags embellished with neon-detailing (yes, it seems that neon will once again be back next spring).
The clothes were signature-Burch — chock-full of prints and her signature emblem, along with ruffles, sparkle-detailing and pops of vibrant colors (orange, lime green, lemon yellow, fuchsia). Burch stuck to what she knows best, mixing waspy-ness, with luxe details, and a touch of bohemia for looks that her devoted following is sure to covet come spring.
Matthew Williamson’s show Tuesday morning exploded with colour. Pinks, oranges, blues, purples and greens burst onto the runway in a rainbow of hues. Wearable separates included cigarette trousers, bubble minis, maxi dresses, and tailored jackets. But it was his shiny PVC that really got folks talking.
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Is the fetish trend over? If you ask Williamson, then apparently not. His pink and black PVC numbers, including a shiny corset top and trousers, appeared to pop out of nowhere. While I adore his boldness, in terms of continuity, I think the black PVC might have been best left on the shelf. Although there is no denying that it will win fans with the celeb-pack – his front row featured the likes of Daisy Lowe, plus her miniature dog (has she been taking a note out of Paris Hilton’s book?)
It was his relaxed bohemian pieces, which the Brit designer is best known for, that really caught my eye. Toning down the psychedelic prints, in favour of more embellished Art-Deco styles, meant that his biggest strength lay within the details.
“When the economy is not that good, we need to achieve, to do something even more special,” Carolina Herrera told the AP. And special it was indeed. The designer put on a show of feminine sophistication in her signature dresses – a favourite on the red carpet by the likes of Renee Zellweger, who sat on the front row after keeping the crowds waiting. Details in ruffles and beading added a luxe element to Herrera’s after-five gowns, and the odd tuxedo jacket thrown over the top reminded me of the end of many evenings. All that was needed was the models to walk along, bare-footed with heels in their hands.
Preen’s design duo was minus one very important person over the weekend. Thea Bregazzi was forced to remain in London, expecting the arrival of her first child, leaving husband and design partner, Justin Thornton to oversee their New York show alone. Little de-constructed mini dresses were the theme of the day, panelled with sheer mesh to show of that extra bit of skin, and laced together like corsetry in cut-out sections.
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Slouchy jackets were still high on Preen’s agenda, but this time instead of grungy check, it was shiny denim. Lace-up trousers were also worth noting, it seems that skin is still in for spring/summer 2009. There was also a bit of dabbling in a softer chiffon, which featured in ruffled dresses and skirts. While I loved this element, it failed to blend with the rest of the collection. I do love their new mini dresses however, which will be a welcomed sight from bandage dresses next year.
I have to say it. More bandage dresses? Are you serious? Yes, the Herve Leger collection was beautiful. And yes, the dresses had a new look, assymetical lines and some new cutouts and details. And they still look beautiful. But do we really need more of them? They’ve been all over, from the red carpet to the sidewalk, on every celebrity. I had a difficult time seeing past their continued presence to think about the rest of the collection. But I’ll do my best.
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These new dresses are sure to show up on the red carpet, and we saw a few tailor made for Cameron Diaz or someone likewise bufftastic. That bufftastic bod will also be required for the sexy swimwear sent down the runway.
Donna Karan celebrated her 20th anniversary collection yesterday morning, in front of a celeb-packed audience including Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci and Nicole Richie – who wore a DKNY striped tank to suit the show’s theme. Karan’s spring 2009 offering was a fun nod to New York, even right down to the gold DKNY plate necklaces – a Carrie Bradshaw reference.
See a catwalk video of the collection after the jump…
Models trod down the runway in high heeled sneakers (‘skyscraper boots’), strapless tops featuring bow sashes, and utilitarian loose jumpsuits. Not even an interruption from PETA, who briefly stormed the catwalk brandishing placards, could dampen the spirits of this show.
The melodious blend of flowy silky fabrics and subtle shiny jewelry made Ashleigh Verrier a hot topic on Saturday afternoon in the Salon at Bryant Park. Even though there was a hurricane raging outside, dripping water and umbrellas everywhere, the crowd was more than ready for Verrier.
The models were all quite glossy with dewy checks, bright lips and messy behead, but the soft mauves, silvery grays and mix of black/white and color exploded onto the runway while they strutted to pop rock.
One of my favorite pieces was a large starfish necklace hung with other silver and gold baubles. This sexy silver starfish is edged in gold, and it definitely made a statement over a dark pink coat.
My other favorite piece was a gray silvery sweater with a black cat appliqué with a pink collar. Little black jewels edged the neckline of the top, and brings to mind fun spring afternoons sipping a chai latte.
The shoes for the spring collection were delightfully whimsical and sassy. Each pair was a look that any girl could pull off – they were fun and sexy.
Keep your eye on Ashleigh Verrier, folks, who capped her show with a wink and a smile and in a shiny pink lacy frock, the audience loved her.
Stay tuned for more fun from the tents!
[By Christine Tarlecki; runway images via Coutorture, all others Shiny Media]
Style.com calls them the new Y & Kei, and this new Seoul-based duo seems ready to make the prediction reality. This show is the surprise hit of my fashion week. Okay, it’s only day two, so we’ll see. But the pleating of all widths and textures, soft watercolor prints, beading and precious buttons had us enthralled. With reduced seating in the already small promenade in the tents and a lack of celebrity-wattage this show had the feel of a special, exclusive find.
The video above showcases the colors and silhouettes, but to see more of the fabulous details (trust us, you’ll watch this girl as she walks away) keep reading!
Charlotte Ronson may not be the most famous of the Ronsons in tabloid culture, but she had enough celebs (including her family) at her show to fill the pages of People. But I already regailed you with tales of the front row and am ready to tackle the fashion. Fortunately or not, the two seem tied together, however. Whether Charlotte was inspired by Lindsay Lohan or vice versa I don’t know. But there was a lot of that party girl’s brand of sloppy-T-shirt chic on this runway.
And just in case clothing and dresses weren’t close enough to falling off of one’s emaciated body already, Ronson created T-shirt-tank-top hybrids with the shoulders cut out to assist the fabric in drooping down your body. This sounds like I hated everything, but there were some edgy, cool dresses sure to be seen on Lindsay any day now. Ronson was all over the zipper and black lace trends, as well. I’m sure the collection will be very popular with a certain set.
We saw more play between body-concious designs and fuller, more billowy proportions at Abaete today. With tight-fitting dresses and what can only be considered biker shorts filling out a major part of the collection, it was a little difficult to resolve those styles with the more doll-like proportions of some pieces. The dress above is one of those that managed to pull off the more curve-hugging shape without looking like activewear.
For pictures, more of my backstage experience and an exclusive runway video, keep reading!
Designer Laura Poretzky did say in the show notes that the collection is “about the dichotomy of the two sides of a woman. The things you do from reason and the things you do from the heart.” I just wish the two sides seemed to inhabit the same woman.
[Runway images via Coutorture; all others Shiny Media]
Rabid fashion fans hauled their cookies all the way downtown today, as they will only for shows at the illustrious Bumble & Bumble downtown space. Good thing they provided such delicious macaroons once we got there.
The occasion? The Liz McClean show. McClean showed her background as a stylist with the easy-to-put-together pieces in the collection, sprinkled with rock and roll influences. Our favorite pieces? The whispy silk ballet skirts that came in black, orange and gray.
BCBG Max Azria was the second show of the day today, and the designer continued to offer fuctional pieces for womens’ everyday wardrobes. Expanding on the fluid silhouette of last season, BCBG went a little hipper and less ladylike with the shapes. And everything in jersey – dresses, long and short jumpsuits and pants. Truth be told, clingy jersey dresses just aren’t my thing. But Sharon just loved them (look out for some reviews from her next week!) so those more inclined to that sort of thing will probably be pleased. Check out more pics, and a video, for yourself after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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I’m liking the billowy dresses this season, but I prefer the shorter more body concious versions when belted. Belts are thicker than they were last season and closer to the natural waist.
Aussie designer Michael Angel was the first show on the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule, and he started things off with chic aplomb. The show was a study in contrasts – but not in the way you might think. Each piece was a cohesive design, but the show fluctuated between slinky-sexy body-conscious silhouettes and more freeflowing (but still sexy) shapes. The maxi dress is going nowhere if Michael Angel has anything to say about it. He reinvented the piece with a more polished, less boho incarnation in painterly prints to die for.
To check out more looks from the show, continue reading.
Part of the fun of fashion shows held outside the tents is getting to see some of the fabulous venues around New York City. (We can’t wait to tell you about the downtown Bumble & Bumble space after Liz McClean later!) But what is with the setting stealing the show? First Lorick’s fabulous sets and then Be EcoChic presents its collection in the Hall of Biodiversity at the American Museum of Natural History.
But, Be EcoChic had celebrity on its side. Who’s going to be looking at the giant whale poised over the runway when Alek Wek is strutting her stuff?
Lauren Hutton took the catwalk in all her toothy glory in a Maggie Norris Couture military coat, jodphurs and white cotton shirt.
The most popular model judged by audience reaction was little Mark Indelicato from Ugly Betty. He wore Edun organice denim jeans, t-shirt and cardigan and TOMS organic shoes.
Alex Wek didn’t really get the reception she deserved, we thought, but looked chic in her recycled raffia jacket, white cotton pants and white turtleneck. She also carried and Alek Wek eco bag by wek1933.
We were also excited to see actress Alex Meneses (remember Stefania from Everybody Loves Raymond?) on the catwalk in a Lycra fiber trench coat with organic cotton from Isko over a black cotton bubble dress and Charmone sustainable AND cruelty-free shoes.
Sometimes it’s easy to get eco-friendly and animal-friendly mixed up since they both used to be lumped into the same hippy-dippy category. It’s always a surprise to see leather on these runways. But, especially when it’s recycled or “upcycled” as hostess Angela Lindvall put it, it can be eco. And it’s nice when they add a cruelty-free touch like the Charmone shoes.
It’s hard to separate Lorick, the sweet and sophisticated fashion line of model Abigail Lorick, from Gossip Girl. Especially when Eleanor Waldorf, for whom Lorick is the ghost designer on the show, is walking around.
But the Gossip Girl connection wasn’t the only surreal scene at the installation-style show. Adorable, elaborate sets were conjured up all over the space with models lounging, drinking tea and nibbling on cake, as seen above. The detailed scenes threatened to outshine the clothes until you realized each piece was just as detailed.
Lots more pictures after the jump!
Eleanor Waldorf perusing her next collection? Actresses Margaret Colin and Amanda Setton (from Queen B’s hive) take in the collection.
Much buzzed about since her recent capsule collection for Urban Outfitters, LA designer Geren Lockhart presented her Spring 2009 Geren Ford collection at NYC’s Bowery Hotel tonight. The collection was a nod to artist Vanessa Beecroft and her influence was apparent not only in the presentation, which had the models posing on white pedestals, but in the printed scarves that graced many of the models. While the collection was nothing innovative in the way of silhouette, the collection, with its loose-fitting shift dresses, pleated shorts, drawstring tanks and ruffled tops, was utterly wearable.
The color palette was a nice balance of rich fuchsia, teal, eggplant and olive separates and dresses, with pieces done in more muted tones like silver, gray, black and white. I loved the subtle detailing. In particular, a pair of chic apple shorts had fuchsia lining in the pockets giving them some extra pop.
When it came to accessories there were funky gold chains, pendant necklaces, colorful chunky bracelets, woven clutches and what appeared at first glance to be awe-inspiring quirky shoes mixing various colors and textures. But upon closer inspection I realized the shoes weren’t quirky at all. In fact, the shoes were nothing more than strappy sandals worn with socks which completely took away from the overall looks. Socks with sandals – a trend that definitely has to go away. Even Christopher Bailey couldn’t pull it off for Burberry Resort 2009.
That said, this is definitely a collection fit for gracing the bodies of on-the-go 20 and 30-somethings looking for chic day-to-night wears.