The sun never came out on day three week of New York’s Fashion Week, but who cares? There was so much stellar fashion shown, we could all bask in the reflected glory.
CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist OHNE TITEL by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams included graphically bold red, white and black combinations, always body-conscious, and subtly soft separates for evening. Victoria Bartlett’s VPL was a study in anatomy, with lots of external “bones” aka great seaming, and literally, with loads of great sheer pieces. Adam by Adam Lippes took us on a voyage to the African Island of Lamu in turn showing easy, flowy sportswear pieces in soft colors and some great long lean dresses in vivid indigo. Richard Chai’s Love collection for women was definitely inspired by his customer’s boyfriend with great jackets and simple dresses with an edge. Chai also showed his men’s collection that included his zip up sneaker for Keds and loose fitting baggy shorts. Alexander Wang’s collection was an exercise in deconstruction and reconstruction of iconic things like the khaki trench coat, great white shirts, red and white rugby shirts and heather gray sweats.
Scott Sternberg’s Boy by Band of Outsiders took a trip to Malibu for spring with great shrunken blazers – many double-breasted – shown with slim trou and colorful shirts for men and banded and draped skirts for women. Ralph Rucci’s obsession with perfect construction was clearly evident in his collection, Chado, especially with the gowns built with sheer bits. Vivienne Tam took us on a butterfly-filled trip to the flower child-filled 1970s with maxi dresses, low-slung bell bottoms and fabulous suede skirts. Designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos contrasted hard and soft in their Shipley & Halmos collection of mainly little dresses destined to become seasonal favorites.
Alejandro Ingelmo’s open-toed zip-front platform ankle boots did some high-stepping on the Cushnie et Och s catwalk in metallic silver, white and black. Offerings from CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Esquivel Shoes by George Esquivel included handmade shoes and boots in beautifully colored leathers and ostrich with the added bonus of soles that were finished and polished like hardwood floors, artisan-style.