Day 6 brought us some of the biggest names in red carpet and celebrity dressing, not to mention the CFDA’s womenswear designers of the year, Rodarte. The hits are coming at us at a rapid-fire pace now as the shows of New York’s fashion week just don’t stop. Are you feeling fashion fatigue yet, because we’re not – more, more!
In a Poiret frame of mind, Vera Wang kept her fabric “sculptures” close to the body for spring, showing gorgeously smocked purple poppies and bibs of chainmail and crystal. Badgley Mischka designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka worked mainly in black, white, pimento red to bring an uptown sensibility bedecked in some seriously gorgeous jewelry pieces. Youthful, but still sophisticated, Brian Reyes showed a collection that balanced between day and evening with denim, gowns and a sweet bodysuit. Tribal and gritty, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy “ruined everything” in their words, deconstructing and then reconstructing to create brilliant, highly intricate looks. Max Azria, and his wife and collaborator Lubov, exhibited a new minimalism with simple colors (black, white and mushroom) and simple silhouettes made interesting with some placed slashes.
Dennis Basso is an eveningwear designer – and if you didn’t know that, you only had to get one glimpse of his great full-skirted cocktail frocks and sleek long gowns for spring. Catherine Malandrino is on a globe-trotting voyage for spring with loads of ethnic prints in jumpsuits, harem pants and cropped little jackets. Miss-matched prints, tribal influences and bright, bold, somewhat neon colors lent Marc by Marc Jacobs a certain joie de vivre all with a bit of a vintage feel. Bright colors and peaked shoulders brought a 1980s vibe to Amy Smilovic’s Tibi collection, as did really fresh looking bias-cut gowns. Narciso Rodriguez exhibited a new restraint with short, flowing dresses, sexy still, through the use of strategically placed, sheer mesh bits.
Showing at the Plaza hotel, Betsey Johnson showed one part sexy “Eloise,” one part uptown girl and a new posh sensibility. Inspired by sound, Yeohlee introduced her sportier side with jackets, tanks, full skirts and shorts that still demonstrated her deft hand with tailoring. Adrienne Vittadini ran the gamut from start black and white floral prints to whimsical candy striped sequins.