Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New York Fashion Week - Spring 2009: Day 3 Recap

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg called her show "Rock Goddess".The look was "effortlessly seductive" with voluminous shapes, airy chiffons and long, flowing dresses. Hippie-inspired looks were laid against more tailored constructions. Multicolored whimsical frocks added to a musical joy, while flowers and feathers were a unique touch for the queen of the wrap dress.

Hervé Léger

Aside from the iconic cinched mini, this season brought forth innovative fabrics, geometric color blocking and leather. A beaded one-shoulder minidress glistened on the runway.This season brought along the introduction of swimwear, an apt move for a brand associated with sexy.


The Spring 2009 collection is an homage to the past with 80s neons, exaggerated bows and a nod of optimism, looking forward with brights and tech fibers. But the brand's signature pieces emerged-the jumpsuit, the DKNY tee, vests, utilitarian pants, the staple trench, denim suits and the essential jersey dress.

Costello Tagliapietra

Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra offered up a very strong collection of handmade dresses, silk tops, and strapless winners. They even masterfully utilized ultrasuede - a material Halston used to conquer. The pastel and turquoise color selection was spot-on, and shoes were impressive.

Jonathan Saunders

The spring collection looked nothing like the fall, and oohs and ahhs were let out as the crop of huge models like Suvi, Sasha, and Magdalena paraded around the giant gallery space wearing everything from technicolor print dresses to lively skirts and kimono-inspired jackets. The palette was intelligent, the patterns seemed fresh, tailoring was impeccable.

Lela Rose

Aside from her staple feminine frocks, Rose delivered trousers and separates for preppy glamour. Abstract plaids, played out in heavy coats and floaty chiffons, were a unique complement to chic monochromatic linen shorts, pants and skirts. Ikat prints and a kaleidoscope of color exuded a sense of African tribal wear. Ruffles, tucks and bows served as subtle details. Jewel tones played an integral role this season, with yellow, sapphire, jade, and opal emerging from Rose's treasure chest.


For the Gap this season, Patrick Robinson said the collection was all about "a new American optimism." Optimism could be found in a pervasive casual elegance and especially in the vibrant color blocked swimwear. A women's blazer made out of jersey had a sophistication with ease effect.


The show opened with a white one-shoulder cocktail dress with cutouts at the ribs inset with a wide mesh. Next came a denim-looking silk button-down blouse tucked into matching genie pants with slouchy pockets and fabric pooling at the ankles. The rest were tiny dresses in white, red, or black, some with caged backs, laces crisscrossing the shoulder blades, others with mesh slips peeking a few inches below the hem, followed by weightless silk or chiffon cut into drawstring-waist dresses and anoraks that floated on the breeze in the model's wake.

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