Thursday, September 11, 2008

New York Fashion Week - Spring 2009: Day 4 Recap

Marc Jacobs

High-waisted apron skirts were a bustle away from suffragette; wide-leg cropped trousers, motorcycle jackets, and sundresses, accessorized to the hilt. Flattened boater hats, espadrilles, plaid sashes, quilted bags, chunky necklaces.

Ports 1961

The collection is composed of fitted skirt suits, printed dresses, and light and airy trousers in metallics, cobalt, scarlet, and taupe. Statement accessories were also in the mix-ballet flats, sculpted wooden wedges, corset belts and an array of chunky necklaces.


Zippers, chains, leather, and stone wash were together for Diesel's look for spring. Faded pinstripes and Civil War caps lent an air of debauched Bohemia. Little blue capelets, blazers, and sexy minis were highly wearable.


For Spring, Panichgul delivered a number of options for dyed-in-the-wool Thakoon-ocrats, among which an organza seamed dress with a surreal print of roses sprouting legs and a black tulle-trimmed trench stood out as surefire hits. Applied to sheer chiffon skirts and vinyl corset dresses, prints like "winking" (eyelashes) and "kisses" (subtle lipstick marks).

Chris Benz

Benz's inspiration for his collection started with the beginnings of American sportswear. It's all about that tailcoat proportion, shorts, with a sans-culottes, French Revolution thing. Bright yellows, chartreuses, and mustards stood out for spring, with details like paint-splatter prints, off-the-shoulder tees and dresses and colorful flat Oxford shoes that Benz paired with evening gowns.


Catherine Malandrino's inspiration for this Spring 2009 collection was a new dawn-the sun rising and the woman awakening. Graceful, mermaid-like looks and symbols of Americana abounded throughout the show.The pale palette together with the beading and embroidery kept things sophisticated and perfect for modern patriots with jet-set sensibilities.

Isaac Mizrahi

The collection was heavily inspired by the metamorphosis of bugs, as most of the clothes were named after animals. Lacy looks were paired with sheers and he wasn't afraid to use the shimmer and shine. Mad Men inspired looks matched the Hitchcock looking coats, while biker stretch shorts peeked out under sheer dresses.

Luca Luca

Raul Melgoza designs are in more sportswear-driven direction. Vents, panels, and slits—notably, in a lovely liquid-silver gown at the show's end—added interest to basic shapes. A few pretty lunch-to-cocktail dresses had the illusion of being more than one piece, and appeared in places to float off the body.

Peter Som

Peter used neutrals and oasis colors, offset by bright saturated oranges and reds, for a sexy twist. The desert and azure colors, the beading, the flowing dresses, the print minidresses-count on a Som-ulent spring.

Proenza Schouler

Jack and Lazaro took their collection to new heights-outer space, to be exact. Jumpsuits in tech fibers, belted or beaded, drew adoring stares. Bra tops and knit dresses were front and center. Optic white, ivory, bonded silver and black dominated the palette, with sequins and beads providing the sparkle.

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