Fashion Week Day 3

VPL Fall 2010

Victoria Bartlett
Love was in the air on Sunday, as many designers chose to share their love with us through their collections on Valentine’s Day, or demonstrably, like our president Diane von Furstenberg. When she took her bow at the end of her show, her husband, Barry Diller, handed her a vibrant bouquet of long stems and then three of her grandchildren did the same. It was quite a moment. Now on to some of the collections that make our hearts sing.Lela Rose was playing on textures from the almost wet-looking slick for dresses to the bumpy in the form of pearl encrusted blouses and dresses, but she’s always got her sweet girly girl in mind. VPL’s Victoria Bartlett showed an enormous amount of body wear and undergarments, playing up her company’s heritage (after all, it is called Visible Panty Lines), but her stabs at dresses, long coats and jumpsuits deserve top billing too.

Infused with a tribal feel and inspired by a nomadic way of life Catherine Malandrino’s namesake collection was packed full of textural fabrics, leathers and slouchy silhouettes. Designing for herself and her friends, Behnaz Sarafpour’s concise collection contained greatest hits of a slim pants suit, a couple of plush coats and her signature dresses. DKNY’s bold graphic patterns were urban, modern and artistic when applied to Donna Karan’s confidently styled collection for a young woman with attitude.
Rebecca Taylor knows how to play up femininity in a collection, and though there were strong, dark colors and lots of animal prints, it still looked pretty, as will its wearers.

In a collection of minimalist building blocks, Araks Yeramyan stuck with bold colors and sleek silhouettes.
Herve Leger by Max Azria’s bandage dresses took a turn on the performance athletic side for fall with active-inspired design touches, like trims and insets that accentuate the curves of the body. Diane von Furstenberg embraced decoration for her fall collection without restraint – which for her means gorgeously crusted pearls and beading on jackets, sweaters and dresses. With influences from North Africa, Rachel Roy’s collection has great texture, patterns and a couple of amazing outfits like a nubby sweater – full length skirt combo to be coveted.

Thakoon Panichgul has veered off his sweet romantic path, showing a more primal collection filled with really interesting furs and skins, while still offering a couple of his signature great sheaths.
Inspired by Warhol-ite Nico, Erin Fetherston imagined what kind of dresses she would wear, in this case a collection of very modern pieces for Fetherston. Betsey Johnson’s romp through her 45-year archives resulted in a collection of her greatest silhouettes reinterpreted with a Wild West feel. Juan Carlos Obando presented a well-tailored, concise collection of great slim trousers, geometric paneled pieces and really well designed dresses.

Love was in the air on Sunday, as many designers chose to share their love with us through their collections on Valentine’s Day, or demonstrably, like our president Diane von Furstenberg. When she took her bow at the end of her show, her husband, Barry Diller, handed her a vibrant bouquet of long stems and then three of her grandchildren did the same. It was quite a moment. Now on to some of the collections that make our hearts sing.Lela Rose was playing on textures from the almost wet-looking slick for dresses to the bumpy in the form of pearl encrusted blouses and dresses, but she’s always got her sweet girly girl in mind. VPL’s Victoria Bartlett showed an enormous amount of body wear and undergarments, playing up her company’s heritage (after all, it is called Visible Panty Lines), but her stabs at dresses, long coats and jumpsuits deserve top billing too.

Infused with a tribal feel and inspired by a nomadic way of life Catherine Malandrino’s namesake collection was packed full of textural fabrics, leathers and slouchy silhouettes. Designing for herself and her friends, Behnaz Sarafpour’s concise collection contained greatest hits of a slim pants suit, a couple of plush coats and her signature dresses. DKNY’s bold graphic patterns were urban, modern and artistic when applied to Donna Karan’s confidently styled collection for a young woman with attitude. Rebecca Taylor knows how to play up femininity in a collection, and though there were strong, dark colors and lots of animal prints, it still looked pretty, as will its wearers.

In a collection of minimalist building blocks, Araks Yeramyan stuck with bold colors and sleek silhouettes. Herve Leger by Max Azria’s bandage dresses took a turn on the performance athletic side for fall with active-inspired design touches, like trims and insets that accentuate the curves of the body. Diane von Furstenberg embraced decoration for her fall collection without restraint – which for her means gorgeously crusted pearls and beading on jackets, sweaters and dresses. With influences from North Africa, Rachel Roy’s collection has great texture, patterns and a couple of amazing outfits like a nubby sweater – full length skirt combo to be coveted.

Thakoon Panichgul has veered off his sweet romantic path, showing a more primal collection filled with really interesting furs and skins, while still offering a couple of his signature great sheaths.
Inspired by Warhol-ite Nico, Erin Fetherston imagined what kind of dresses she would wear, in this case a collection of very modern pieces for Fetherston. Betsey Johnson’s romp through her 45-year archives resulted in a collection of her greatest silhouettes reinterpreted with a Wild West feel. Juan Carlos Obando presented a well-tailored, concise collection of great slim trousers, geometric paneled pieces and really well designed dresses.