this is the third and final part of my new york fashion week entries. i think new york fashion week went well and lived up to expectations. now on to london!
william rast- laid back cool that erin wasson would be proud of.
Proenza Schouler- i think proenza schouler is on my love list. they never dissapoint me. never, ever. just like mr. de la Renta they're always just my cup of tea. i love this downtown casual cool look and their inventive use of wool, satins, and velvet (the velvet burnout detail on the farthest dress to the right is exquisite). i can't wait to see some of their accesories up close.
Oscar de la Renta- i would so wear that look that sessilee lopez has on (to the far left). in fact i wore something very similar to that last sunday--and i rocked it too, of course. and how hot is that suit arlenis has on (in the middle of the collage)? wowee. in this collection mr. de la renta showed just how great he is with color and cut. he is our american couturier.
michael kors- michael's fall collections always get me. his spring collection i wasn't really digging but i'm loving his vision for fall 09. and i loved his touches of neon--he actually did it tastefully! fur was also used in the collection, the colors ranged from natural camel colors to silver to neon orange or highlighter yellow. and like every designer this season he featured one sleeved dresses. i so need something one sleeved in my closet. it was so hard to pick just five looks. this is such a stupendous collection. mr. kors really knows his stuff.
marchesa- i always look forward to marchesa's collections, season after season. as much as i love hard core stuff like spikes and leather i also love girly things like tulle and sequins and high heels and pretty hair and makeup. this marchesa collection was terrific, that's why i'm making a collage for it. but i definitely expected more. some of these pieces did, in fact, look like crap (just a few though!). but the good ones made up for it. it was so hard to pick just 5 looks, and i probably picked the wrong ones. there was an amazing red jumpsuit. i want to own it, and i NEED to see that black drop waist gown with silver sequins on each tier on the red carpet. please go to style.com and take a full look at marchesa.
l'wren scott- l'wren scott makes the best dresses ever. i love all of her shows and the way she styles the models. and i loved the shoes in this collection too.
Juan Carlos Obando- ohmygosh, was this collection breathtaking or what? i'm inspired beyond my wildest dreams. i love the swirling colors on the first two dresses. it looks like a whimsical watercolor painting in which the artist let color bleed loosely onto a white canvas. the gowns he created were simple, yet chic. i loved this collection!
Douglas Hannant- this show was so well executed. it was organized and flowed very well. i can see how much precision and time he allotted to making this collection. hannant said that audrey hepburn was his inspiration for his fall 2009 collection. he also said,"if it's going to be elegant it can't scream". and he's right--nothing elegant can scream--it declares. i'm loving the use of bright pink on the runway. it's everywhere!
Doo.Ri- i am LOVING the whole gothic look right now and Doo.Ri knocked it out of the ballpark. the only weird thing is all of her models had scowls on their faces like either they had A. smelled something disgusting B. been hit in the face a few seconds before walking out on the runway C. seen someone they hated and all the models were scary skinny. how many times do i have to say it? you can be skinny AND healthy, and a lot of these girls just looked skinny. but how chill are those crystal sutdded lace stockings?! they are so amazing, i don't know if i'm cool enough to rock them.
behnaz sarafpour- behnaz really knows how to work shades of grey. i especially love the ombre grey fur jacket. it's incredibly well made and can dress up any ensemble.
badgley mischka- you can always rely on badgley mischka to come up with special event worthy clothes.
3.1 Phillip Lim- i didn't know it was possible for me to fall for a collection in a nanosecond. but i fell in love from the minute i saw the thumbnail pic for the fall 2009 phillip lim collection. this season lim was inspired by 60s london youth. everything was based on biba, sergeant pepper and jimi hendrix looks and it was all perfect. i really enjoyed this collection, it's everything i want out of a show. creativity, unpredictableness, good use of color and of course a chic classic essence. it was classic without being boring. i really love that white coat in the look to the far left.
victoria beckham- mrs. beckham is really holding her own as a fashion designer, and everyone has to recognize it. for her second collection we got to see a very nicely made group of gowns. these are definitely red carpet worthy! my favorite gown is definitely the one to the far right that is one shouldered and has sewuins along the sleeve and the top of the dress. and i love the red pencil dress to pieces.
vera wang- this was way better than her lavender collection presentation. she's returned to the vera wang look i know and love.
Thakoon- this collection featured subdued sheaths, cute bow cut outs, every color in the rainbow...and then some, mirror embellishments, fur fur and more fur and a full range of what thakoon can do. it featured one gown that seemed really out of place and as a desperate offering for someone to wear it to the oscars but it was still a good design. i love jourdan dunn in that black concoction to the far right.
rodarte- i'm in love. every recent season of rodarte i haven't liked until weeks after the show when other fashion bloggers are raving about how amazing the collection was. i've never really gotten the rodarte aesthetic until the next season came around, and some of the stuff they make i still don't like. but i've been warming up to them...i guess because i'm being forced to (and because they have the most amazing shoe collaborations). as kirsten dunst said, rodarte's clothes are very emotional. they convey so much feeling. i'm really satisfied with this collection and would love to wear the looks i picked. i'm sure if i wore those boots they'd reach all the way up to my hips :)
ralph lauren- it was just perfect. there were so many good looks it was hard to choose. there were ruffles, velvet, silks, languid and lush looks, etc. the palette was very light, and i love that he's keeping the palette light for fall. that's really original.
rebecca taylor- very feminine and light. i loved the use of bright blue eyeshadow and the beautiful ruffles on some of the pieces.
naeem khan- he makes the best red carpet dresses. there are so many great designers out there. the plethora of amazing gowns and dresses available for us girls just make me smile, and i'm happy naeem is out there to add his touch on things.
malandrino- the inspiration for this collection is surrealism, i really liked all of the special and unique touches. especially the sequined wings on some of the pieces.
katy rodriguez- the silhouettes really spoke to me. girly and cute is always good in my book.
Brian Reyes- this fall 2009 presentation had a slow start and i wasn't liking it at all. and then suddenly i saw that beautiful blue dresses with the slashes at the front. i love it. so much so that i'd love to wear it everyday. i want one in black and that beautiful blue. in his summary it says that reyes designs for a strong women--most designers do. i think reyes designs for a strong woman that is set on going somewhere. she might not know where she wants to go, but she is never waiting for things to happen. his designs remind me of a watered down version of de la renta with a few well placed designs of originality.
FASHION WEEK NOTES
Calvin Klein- for 3/4 of the show all i saw was black and grey and then a disgusting yellow was introduced. i'm hoping this collection will look better on red carpets and in magazines, and it probably will.
Isaac Mizrahi- i was dissapointed by this collection because it had such a slow and weird start. all the models looked like they were dressed in clothes meant for old people who were 20 sized bigger than them. at the end mizrahi decided to show some nice looking clothes, but by then it was too late to win my favor.
Julian Louie- it was a pretty good debut effort but at times felt overworked to the point that some of the clothes looked like robot armor made out of felt.
phi- i had deja vu. short skirts, leather leggings, leather jackets, straight hair and blank stares but no pep.
ports 1961- bright colors and languid designs inspired by india.
tommy hilfiger- classic and preppy, as usual.
zac posen- a VERY extravagant and lush presentation. lots of silks, blingy accessories, and crystal embellished tights were featured as well. however i didn't like most of the clothes. they were really overdone and sometimes mumsy and at times there was just way too much fabric.