Marking the day of remembrance, spirits were dampened a bit and the on-and-off rain didn’t help matters much on Day 2 of New York Fashion Week. The buzz was about the wildly successful Fashion’s Night Out, that is, until the great designs started hitting the catwalks.
Phillip Lim’s first go-round with men’s wear was a modern take on the “armor” necessary for daily urban life with leather T-shirts and genius double-breasted jackets. Zang Toi’s women’s collection went heavy on the black and white, accented by oversized accessories, and interestingly, Zang himself donned a tuxedo, instead of his traditional kilt. CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist Gary Graham’s collection can be summed up by the work “ethereal,” as demonstrated by his floaty dresses in cream, gray and a really lovely tea color.
Alabama Chanin by Natalie Chanin was a collection of longish dresses and jackets that are supremely textural in prints and in wrap varieties. Yigal Azrouel’s men’s’ and women’s’ collections had a very “Edward Scissorshand” feel to them with cut-outs (and cut-offs) abounding. Jason Wu – the First Lady’s inaugural ball designer – broke out the sweet, short, poufy dresses for spring as well as some interesting interpretations for day suits. Cynthia Rowley’s theme of unraveling brought out her best – particularly slashed ribbon dresses and shattered sequin sweaters and shorts. Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville kept the menswear cues for the women with tailored jackets, but tempered them with long johns and rompers. Nicole Miller’s woman has gone all edgy with iridescent prints, black bike shorts and some well-pleated short skirts.