NY Fashion Week has been in full force, and I wanted to take the time to talk about my favorite shows so far. I know Spring 2011 seems far away, but it is exciting to think about what you might want to wear as the first green shoots are reaching for the sun.
First up is Alexander Wang. Spring is my favorite time of year, and I love to see the more organic fabrics and fresh color palettes that he has focused on this time around. Normally he is the king of black, but this season he took a more spiritual, new age approach and sent his girls down the runway in flowy coveralls with criss cross backs and canvas jackets, and a sea of white white white, with some seafoam and terra cotta as well. He also explored some small doodle-like prints which were interesting, and used metallic foil so it looked like duct tape slashed across a dress or pants.
Ah Derek Lam…this season he did a California cool girl, relaxed and confident. He added a touch of 70′s, but not so much as to make the collection look retro. He also used some chambray denim, which seems to be all over the runways for spring. I am crazy for his wooden wedges, and am hoping to snag a pair come springtime, even if I have to beat every other devotee over the head with a shoe box at Barneys.
Marc Jacobs left the 50′s and 60′s behind and went straight for the 70′s for spring 2011. His models were awash in gorgeous plums, oranges, mustards, and pinks. The halter dresses, frizzy hair and giant flowers reminded me of Diane Von Furstenberg, pulling up to Studio 54 looking fabulous and ready to dance the night away. The satin numbers, especially the hot pants, were straight Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. The colors were beautiful, but I could do without satin shorts or pants for that matter, which is why I am just showing you his dresses. He also paid tribute to YSL (of course), and threw in some Missoni inspired prints as well. All in all, he always makes fashion fun, and it delivered a mash-up of co-existing influences, delicious colors, and some great textures and shapes.
Sexy sand? Yes that seems to be what Donna Karan is into for spring. Desert colors and sexy, flowing silhouettes floated down the runway, making one dream of faraway lands.
Thakoon Panichgul jumped on the refreshing band wagon, and he too sent crisp white down the runway in the form of sporty eyelet. Now sporty and eyelet might not seem to go together, but it worked perfectly and his clothing was fresh, sporty, and sexy. He even made the bits of black he showed light and airy without a bit of drudgery.
Lastly, we have Vena Cava, and I think they did a really great job this season. Their looks were effortless, chic, and I imagined the girl wearing these clothes would be well travelled and fun to sit next to at a dinner party.
All photos via style.com
Last night I went to a cocktail party/exhibit sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar featuring hot accessory designers. You can’t beat great people watching, mixed with viewing fantastic jewelry, shoes, bags, scarves, and hair accessories. Standouts included Anndra Neen jewelry and Abraxas Rex jewelry, and I am also really excited about Jennifer Behr’s new feather hair accessories for spring. Pieces included peachy feathers dusted with gold, so ethereal and gorgeous!