Fashion Week Day 4

Carlos Miele Fall 2010

More than a 12-hour day is a long one for anyone. For fashion folks, that is called Fashion Week Monday starting at 9am and ending way after all of our bedtimes. Guess what – wall-to-wall, door-to-door fashion and style is not just a lot of great looking clothes, it’s the blood that flows through our veins. Bring on more – we can take it!

Short, sweet and to the point must have been Zac Posen’s mantra for the season, as he showed nothing but modern, kicky little dresses, and nary a gown. Carolina Herrera’s use of deep red and Prussian blue brought richness to an already plush collection of great coats, great day dresses and even greater gowns. Dabbling in menswear, Zero + Maria Cornejo’s let them influence her women’s wear as the men’s and women’s looks were not too far apart, but for women she also several Obama-friendly sheaths. Vittadini’s brand of sportswear is for a woman of a certain age, but that doesn’t mean she’s dowdy – check out this company’s great paillette skirts, comfy sweaters and beaded tops.

Jill Stuart walked that thin line between too much and just enough to make it interesting when it comes to her chunky knits and oversized outerwear pieces that she paired with Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude.  Short, tight ruched dresses were Tracy Reese’s calling card for fall, along with the slim trousers and pretty dresses her customers want. Adding a dimension to an already layered woman, Donna Karan’s almost all black collection contained incredible molded “air-sculpted” skirts and cocoon coats. Inspired by a Chinese warrior, Monique Lhuillier took a radical departure to show mostly lean, slim dresses and skirts in bold black, red and gold.

Chris Benz called his collection “Outward Bound Debutante,” which fit his impossibly bright colors and imaginative styling to a T. Translating the feel of her posh handbags and clutches, Devi Kroell offered ready-to-wear in amazingly lush fabrics and rich dark hued colors, but not black. Understated gorgeousness describes Marc Jacobs’ restrained and refined fall collection that stayed within the gray-taupe-blue range, which sounds blah, but was far from it.

Koi Suwannagate’s simple, concise collection was offered in black, white and a yellow-y green, with her sweet, signature appliqués, of course. Forget the over the top gowns, Zang Toi exercised beautiful restraint for fall by showing really lovely day wear and slick, barely jeweled sheaths for evening. Twinkle by Wenlan’s Wenlan Chia stuck with signature knits for fall, but also added really great slim trousers (well almost leggings) and a couple flouncy dresses.