New York Fashion Week: The Story So Far…

BATD ON Sep 15, 2009 AT 2:43 pm

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera
The East was definitely the inspiration for Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2010 collection and it didn’t disappoint. The collection oozed with sophistication and elegance. There were a wide variety of fabrics and colours used from deep, red silk, to weaves of whites and neutrals. Herrera explained that her overall inspiration was baskets, translated into long strapless gowns and checkerboard mini dresses.

A common trend this fall is the “hand-crafted” look and shoppers are hungry for it.  Maybe with the current economic situation people want that “made for you” guise.  Stylist Robert Verdi says, “People want to feel cultured, traveled, and exotic, even if they’re not going anywhere. You can get there through fashion.”

Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2010

Zac Posen Spring/Summer 2010

Zac Posen
Normally staging his shows late the evening, Zac Posen was up early at 9am to show a collection with many more wearable clothes than his previous. After being forced to move his show from its original time slot, Posen wasn’t deterred.  He transformed The Altman Building into a nightclub, complete with low lighting, a curving runway, and music from the renowned artist and producer Mark Ronson.

Luckily the collection was full of bright colors to keep the audience awake with lime, fuchsia, pink, cobalt, and orange. Posen’s collection took us back through the decades, from the 50’s with off the shoulder dresses, cut in elegant shapes in the back; to the 60’s with diamond studded, belted sweater dresses; maxi-dresses from the 70’s and lots of that shoulder detail we all love from the 80’s with adorable bright, see through raincoats. In the finale Posen ended with beautifully crafted evening gowns in sapphire, black, and silver with sequins.

The inspiration for his Spring 2010 collection came from a YouTube video of Liza Minnelli, wearing Halston singing Bad Girls. “Simplicity, cleanness, architectural, extreme color, and sensuality” sums up Posen’s line this season.            

Carlos Miele Spring/Summer 2010

Carlos Miele Spring/Summer 2010

Carlos Miele
Brazilian Carlos Miele kept his runway show more low key than last seasons’, where he had a guitarist following the models down the runway with the photographers shouting at him to get off the stage.

This collection was booming with colour and rich in detail, from scooped necklines to metal beading on wool tunics. Near the end of the show, we were graced with long gowns painted in beautiful colour palettes from orange and pink to silk chiffon dyed in blue violet.  But this isn’t to say Miele stayed away from the fashion savvy colour of black, always in style.  We were greeted with short cocktail dresses and skirts with see-through sheer blouses in dark colors.

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