New York Fashion Week Continues…

BATD ON Sep 17, 2009 AT 1:16 pm

Oscar de la Renta SS10

Oscar de la Renta SS10

Oscar de la Renta
Even Zac Posen was sitting in the front row for the first time at the Oscar de la Renta show. He said, “It’s a dream to see the pinnacle of embroidery and luxurious fabrics from the best mills in the world treated in the most magnificent ways.” Posen couldn’t have put it better. Oscar put the recession to shame with his bold colours and designs.

Silk was a common aesthetic that added to the femininity and glamour of the collection. While designing, Oscar kept in mind the “modern woman—fresh and feminine.” He created very wearable, but extremely fashionable looks that any woman would fight to have.  Popular trends were belts synched at the waist, extenuating the hourglass figure, in colors of bright red, orange, turquoise, and dark brown.

Every aspect of the show was up to par from the model’s hair, coiffed into Swiss “Heidi” braids by Orlando Pita to the slanted hats designed by Patricia Underwood. The last five dresses, floor-length in daring colours of red, blue and pink stunned the audience. Made from sheer mesh and satin, they put in a wonderful twist of glamour ending his collection.

Michael Kors SS10 collection

Michael Kors SS10 collection

Michael Kors
Michael Kors
worked with a different colour palette this season, true to the season of spring—pastels. “I’ve never done pastels before; I always felt they were a bit too saccharine. But they seem right for spring. That’s what it’s all about.” But he wasn’t afraid to throw in a few bold black pieces.

His collection was very architectural with a heavy emphasis on lines and sleeveless shift dress, probably due to his favourite high-profile client, Michelle Obama. His architectural pieces were sharp and simple, showing off a dress crisscrossed with zippers for texture. He also created a new deconstruction look with cashmere sweaters and tops lashed along the hems and necklines, creating “windows” of midriff and open back.

His collection is the “perfect urban wardrobe,” as he describes, wishing to create pretty and powerful clothes for “spring—not summer.”

3.1 Phillip Lim SS10 show

3.1 Phillip Lim SS10 show

3.1 Phillip Lim
What 3.1 Phillip Lim created was a far cry from his previous collection that could best be described as rocker-chic. This season the looks were much more wearable. Lim had been thinking about recasting basics, but his spring collection didn’t have an outstanding cohesive theme or message, it was simply giving girls a reason to get out their credit cards and shop. This isn’t to say that clothes weren’t tailored and styled to perfection.

Lim created what he called the new suit. His first piece, a lipstick-red suit, could instantly be mistaken for a jumpsuit as the jacket was light and unlined, giving it room to tuck in. He used many silks and satins to glam up an outfit of shorts and a strapless V-neck; made from anything else it would have looked dull.

Lim’s line did ooze with that buy-me factor. Retailers are in love Lim because his designs are actually selling, due to his more accessible prices. Imagine a dress selling for $500 instead of the usual $1,000 that most designers of this status are demanding.

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