With high expectations and speculations from many, it seems the move of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, is officially a success. As the week got underway amidst all the hype it was evident that New York would see some of its strongest collections presented in seasons. Here’s a look at a few of my favorites. http://www.mbfashionweek.com
The week began strong with Jason Wu, most notably remembered for dressing Michelle Obama on Inaugural night. The young designer who debuted his first accessories line, proved he’s no one gown wonder as he presented a tailored collection of beautiful blouses, high-waisted trousers, longer cut blazers, reminiscent of the 80’s along with feminine cut dresses in beautiful prints, inspired by Brazilian artist, Beatriz Milhazes.
Costello Tagliapietra, showed how the beauty of draping, a technique accomplished only by the most skillful of artisans can be applies to today’s modern women. The collection of neutral hues and prints, skimmed beautifully across the body like water down a stream, showing the duo’s appreciation and understanding of the female form. The collection was versed to take a women from day to evening. http://www.costellotagliapietra.com
At Alexander Wang, there was an obvious absence of the color black. Wang known for his downtown style showed a looser, more relaxed collection. The palette was light and clean with shapes fitting modern day urban wear. http://www.saksfifthavenue.com
Prabal Gurung started his collection showing, his understanding of color-blocking. The collection moved gracefully from brightly colored knits through blacks, whites neutral tones, distinctive prints, before moving back to brights and ending with a beautiful display of gowns. http://www.prabalgurung.com
Marc Jacobs gave us color, satin and seventies chic. A cross between Jodie Foster’s character in ‘Taxi Driver” and Bianca Jagger, the models walked the runway fully accessorized with wavy crimped hair, smokey eyes, oversized eyewear, hats, strappy platform sandals, and larger then life flowers throughout the collection as well as in the models hair. http://www.marcjacobs.com
Carolina Herrera inspired by traditional Korean wear and eighteenth century botanical plates presented a luxury collection aimed at keeping her loyal followers happy. The collection was filled with beautiful botanical prints that worked through day to evening, but the use of exaggerated brimmed hats typically worn by Korean men, appeared out of place especially on evening looks. http://www.carolinaherrera.com
Vera Wang coming off a stellar bridal summer celebrated 20 years in the business with her Spring ‘11 Japanese inspired runway show, by way of “Kill Bill” in the desert. The collection reinforced Wang’s passion to experiment with design and shape, and a solid commitment to move her house forward. http://www.verawang.com
The 1988 film ‘White Mischief’ was the theme at Badgley Mischka. Blending three collections in one show, couture, ready-to-wear and Mark & James, gave the team the opportunity to present a more playful and youthful presentation then in past seasons. The collections modern simplicity is sure to be a hit with the younger Hollywood set. http://www.badgleymischka.com
At Michael Kors, America’s true sportswear designer, a titled once held proudly by Halston, it was evident why he’s a CFDA Lifetime Achievement recipient. For his loyal fans Kors didn’t disappoint, presenting a collection inspired by his ‘sunshine state of mind’, masterfully tailored and beautifully styled. The collection with its Bohemian ease, showed how beautiful clothes can be beautiful, on their own. http://www.michaelkors.com
Oscar de la Renta stayed close to home continuing to do what he does best, making beautiful opulent clothing. A fan with the social set, the collection although not very modern was tailored and skillfully polished, showing de la Renta attention to detail. http://www.oscardelarenta.com
Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein was feeling and sing the Blues as he presented a less dramatic collection then usual showing a minimally chic tailored presentation. The collection was beautiful and elegant with the simplicity that continues to court him loyal and dedicated followers. http://www.calvinklein.com
Next up, London.