New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week
With his gold-dusted safari collection, Ralph Lauren had a high-glam take on the great outdoors. Bomber jackets were cut from metallic leather, Annie Hall-esque menswear was rendered in feminine fabrics and India-inspired silken harem pants were worn with towering turbans.
See Ralph Lauren's Spring 2009 fashion show at
80's luxe was the look at Donna Karan-heavy silks were draped into shoulder-heavy dresses in metallic neutrals. Carefully placed gems added sparkle to molten gold minidresses, that, when layered with silken vests and jackets, made for an easy but luxurious view of the spring season.
See Donna Karan's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Mark Badgley and James Mischka have a lock on 2009's wedding season with their perfectly pretty collection in Easter egg pastels and bright florals. Guests will want to RSVP yes to buttercream jackets in light silk and lace-inset frocks.
See Badgley Mischka's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Carmen Marc Valvo
It was a Youthquake at Carmen Marc Valvo, with a starlet-ready collection stocked with sparkle and sophistication. Boxy paillette-studded jackets topped draped goddess gowns and texture was added to little minis with woven fabrics and 60's-inspired embellishments.
See Carmen Marc Valvo's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Korto Momolu for Project Runway
Tim Gunn stepped in for injured special guest Jennifer Lopez to judge Korto Momolu and the other finalists from Project Runway. Momolu put together a modern woman-friendly collection perfect for Sex and the City's cosmopolitan crew.
Leanne Marshall for Project Runway
Fan favorite Leanne Marshall received a standing ovation for her debut collection of petal-light confections. The ethereal off-white and ice blue designs were flawlessly draped to reveal just the right amount of skin.
Suede for Project Runway
Ultra-girly was the watchword for Suede, with Barbie-perfect gowns in deftly mixed madras plaids. Cotton-candy colored tulle-skirted spangled dresses were fit for a dream house.
Kenley Collins for Project Runway
Bettie Page lookalike Kenley Collins produced an all-lady effort inspired by vintage pinups. Collins kept the shoulder-line strong with puffed sleeves and mixed her signature prints to eye-popping effect.
Jerell Scott for Project Runway
Former model Jerell Scott added sequin sheen to pirate's booty for a Jack Sparrow-goes-downtown collection. Iridescent dresses were punctuated with jeweled belts, while a showstopper of a final gown floated on an underskirt of tulle.
Joe Faris for Project Runway
Detroit's Joe Faris introduced the Grand Ole Opry to the catwalk with Western-inspired looks in Southwest hues. For a tough-girl finish, a motocross bustier in leather topped a quilted taffeta skirt.
Calvin Klein Collection
Francisco Costa produced a luminous view of the future with his latest iteration of the Calvin Klein Collection. Pleats and pressing were used to create abstract shapes that floated away from the body, while architectural dresses and paneled coats were rendered in shining hues of mother of pearl and periwinkle.
See Calvin Klein's Spring 2009 fashion show at
With his pink champagne collection, Zac Posen produced ladylike bohemian clothes for modern-day Edie Sedgwicks. The designer cut pastel-toned leopard chiffon into curve-conscious shapes, accented with oversized Erickson Beamon earrings. After-dark dresses got a Gothic spin, with noir gowns in accordion-pleated satin and catwalk-sweeping tulle.
See Zac Posen's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The latest lineup from Vera Wang included deconstructed eveningwear perfect for Chelsea's gallerinas. Clean coats and skirts were cut from brushstroke-printed taffeta, while layered chiffon shifts were given weight with chunky embellishments and beaded chain-link necklaces. Along with the line, Wang premiered her first ever bag collection.
See Vera Wang's Spring 2009 fashion show at
For Spring 2009, Tommy Hilfiger got Gatsby, with an all-American collection fit for Daisy Buchanan. For day, tasseled metal belts were layered over trenches in mocha and navy, while after-dark designs included Poiret-inspired tunic tops and plunging halter dresses.
See Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2009 fashion show at
For Spring, designer Andrea Molbstad presented a sporty lineup of racerback tanks tops, filmy dresses and camisoles paired with leggings. The looks came in a soft color palette of pink and ivory.
See Phi's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The clean-scrubbed hippies at Rebecca Taylor couldn't have been prettier in their lace-inset dresses and lace-up knickers. Tailored blazers topped both mixed-print dresses and pirate ruffles, while tiger stripes and studs added rocker edge to leg-baring minis. Anchoring the collection were peep-toe booties and bags from the designer's brand-new accessories line.
See Rebecca Taylor's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The Project Runway judge's enthusiasm for Spring was obvious as he walked the runway post-show with a big, beaming smile. His inspiration: "The glamour of Portofino and the sporty surf of chic Malibu." The classic, all-American lineup was cheerful and optimistic with bold stripes, oversized dots, colorful plaids and glossy accessories. And just as the patent visors on every supermodel indicated, these summery looks will work best outdoors-poolside and at the beach.
See Michael Kor's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Oscar de la Renta
The designer showed a classic lineup with a bit of an edge for Spring 2009, including crisp white shirts, full skirts, elegant party frocks and uptown accessories like brooches, layered necklaces, oversized sunglasses and pretty day bags. The standouts were the left-of-field bits: color-blocked swimwear and a graphic navy-and-white print that came in many shapes and looked especially stunning as a strapless gown with a peplum skirt. The latter seemed to catch the eye of Jennifer Lopez as she watched from her front row perch.
See Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2009 fashion show at
3.1 Phillip Lim
The Spanish theme was obvious at this Spring presentation-from the off-center buns, down to the ruffled Christian Louboutins on the models’ feet. The clothes were ruffled too-on the front, on the back, and as trimming on trench coats, dresses, blouses and jackets. But with a diversely stylish front row, it seemed as if the designer was saying that this collection has something for everyone: Juliette Lewis, DJ Leigh Lezark, Emmy Rossum and Leighton Meister all smiled brightly as the edgy-but-pretty looks strode by.
See 3.1 Phillip Lim's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Models with big smiles were seen at Anna Sui-and they certainly have reason to be happy in these pretty clothes. The upbeat lineup of shift dresses, rompers, swimsuits and peasant dresses were detailed with groovy prints, Spanish-inspired fringe and folky rickrack. To top it off, the designer enlisted Erickson Beamon for big, bold and perfectly-coordinated jewelry.
See Anna Sui's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The young designer seemed sure of himself this season, with a confident collection of tulip dresses, sharp suits and tiny shorts. Saucy separates were rendered in mixed stripes and skin-revealing burnout prints, while dress designs incorporated Fortuny pleats and petal-like tiers.
Hello gorgeous! The red-carpet ready collection from Marchesa's Georgina Chapman was chockfull of prettier-than-thou gowns. Tulle fantasias were topped with flowers, feathers and Far East flourishes like obi-cummerbunds and Mandarin collars.
For her latest outing, Michelle Smith turned out preppy meets hippie pieces in acid brights. Crisp shorts and military-flair coats were worn with crochet caps and fringed scarves, while Technicolor dream dresses were rendered in beyond-bold prints.
See Milly's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Fresh from his Go International collaboration with Target, Richard Chai presented an understated collection of must-haves for Spring 2009. Flyaway chiffon dresses were anchored with cropped vests and jackets, while close-cut suits were rendered in tie-dyed sheers.
See Richard Chai's Spring 2009 fashion show at
This season, the Carlos Miele woman is a natural one, with sun-dappled prints adding depth to layered chiffon. The Brazilian designer paired floaty halters with cigarette pants and turned out light-as-air gowns trimmed with blush-hued ribbon. Cropped vests and military buttons gave masculine punch to the otherwise ultra-feminine designs.
See Carlos Miele's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Flower power was in play for Nanette Lepore, with the designer showcasing blossom-strewn prints topped with fanciful floral necklaces. Lepore added ticking stripes and crochet to the mix, grounding her hippie-chic touches with dark buttons and brown belts.
See Nanette Lepore's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Doo.Ri's show was all about ease, with effortless minidresses and low-slung tapered trousers worn with loose tanks. And although the designer turned out her signature draped dresses in subdued hues of platinum and ivory, some of the best pieces were brights, boldly trimmed in eye-popping neon piping.
See Doo.Ri's Spring 2009 fashion show at
It was time for shine at Matthew Williamson, with strikingly severe suits and soft separates in patent and satin. The collection trotted the globe, mixing folkloric embroidery with studded belts and cascades of beads. A melon-hued palette added sweetness to the touches of tough, which included motorcycle jackets and leather skirts.
See Matthew Williamson?s Spring 2009 fashion show at
Marc by Marc Jacobs
With his latest offering from his diffusion line, Marc Jacobs took a look back to his roots with a neo-grunge meets classic all-American lineup. The ultra-youthful collection layered candy-bright necklaces and utility belts over baggy vests and combat trousers. Liberty prints and pinstripes looked faded by the sun, adding vintage appeal to his military and menswear-inspired mashup.
See Marc by Marc Jacobs? Spring 2009 fashion show at
This Spring 2009 show was all about fuss-free clothes that can be worn all day. The lineup included easy, fluid dresses with drawstrings, utility-inspired bottoms paired with relaxed tops, and slouchy suits you could sleep in. A mostly sand-toned color palette was accentuated by black, white and silver. Even the evening items seemed effortless and elegant-without a bracelet, necklace or earring in sight, these clothes are good to go on their own.
See Derek Lam's Spring 2009 fashion show at
For his third and eponymous line, the multi-tasking designer showed a surprisingly minimalist lineup of flowy and fresh-feeling frocks. Included were loads of pale draped dresses that artfully revealed bits of skin. Bandage-wrap underpinnings underscored an Olympics-inspired theme of athleticism.
See Max Azria's Spring 2009 fashion show at
For Spring 2009, an edgier sensibility seems to a reoccurring theme. For Rodriguez, it was in the form of studs, strong shoulders, skin-revealing bandage strips and ninja-star prints. The collection's shapes were both relaxed and tailored, and the palette was surprisingly graphic and colorful in deep red, Kelly green and salmon pink.
See Narciso Rodriguez's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Design duo and sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed a familiar lineup of walking art-colorful Grecian-inspired gowns, intricately-draped tulle dresses, tattered knits and spiderweb-like tights. It was an updated spin on the Fall 2008 collection, which was seen and celebrated on front-row attendee and fan Natalie Portman. New for Spring were wearable pleated skirts, cigarette pants and tonal jackets in black and tan.
See Rodarte's Spring 2009 fashion show at
"I can't wait for summertime," exclaimed the designer in the program's notes. Lhuillier stayed true her own desires with a chic collection inspired by walks on tropical beaches. The sisal runway hosted embellished and tailored looks for day and sexy, goddess-like cocktail dresses and airy gowns for night. "Evening is about layers of sheer fabrics," she explained, "giving the illusion of seeing lots of skin."
See Monique Lhuillier's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Veteran designer Betsey Johnson took her audience on a trip to Neverland, with a collection of Pirate-friendly striped jersey separates mixed with acid-bright ruffled dresses in Liberty prints. Hoop skirts, bloomers and lace-up corsets underscored a 19th-century silhouette, perfect for real-life Wendys and Tinkerbells.
See Betsey Johnson's Spring 2009 fashion show at
For her latest collection, Tory Burch turned out a Coco Chanel meets Palm Beach collection of print cardigans, shirtdresses and perfectly cropped pants. A global-inspired mix of patterns added quirky appeal to her simple separates, while menswear flourishes such as fedoras and leather belts gave Downtown edge to her ultra-wearable designs.
For his first collection with Cynthia Steffe, Shaun Kearney turned out sweetly perfect dresses juxtaposed with naughty black basics. Graphic lace was masterfully mixed with floral prints and sporty oversized vests were tossed over cropped tops. Added to the mix were high-sheen shorts and skirts with biker-babe appeal.
See Cynthia Steffe's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Brazil met Atlantis for the latest Iodice collection, with resort-ready chiffon gowns rendered in pool blue. Creative director Valdemar Iodice added structure with architectural pleats and graphic stripes: "Precise constructions recreate the silhouette from a woman full of power." Case in point were the Brazilian beauties who stomped the runways, including supermodel Isabeli Fontana.
The designer turned out a true nod to spring with a collection of soft-focus prints, winged cap sleeves and brocade skirts. New this season were color-block swimsuits in black and watermelon, but the designer's Uptown girls will want to stock up for the Hamptons on easy-to-wear dresses in Creamsicle colors.
See Behnaz Sarafpour's Spring 2009 fashion show at
As Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" blasted and supermodels walked a funhouse-mirrored runway, the audience was transported to a modernized version of turn of the century America. Marc Jacobs referenced Broadway musicals like Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady, showing a colorful, layered collection of bustled skirts, tailored jackets and wide-cut pants that were paired with up-to-date, everyday pieces. The wearable favorites included a red, white and blue sailor top, a menswear-inspired minidress and a few new must-have accessories-quilted bags, chunky bangles, layered necklaces and wide belts.
See Marc Jacobs? Spring 2009 fashion show at
For Spring 2009, Mrs. Herrera presented a classic lineup of prim, ladylike looks in a tightly-edited color grouping of black and white, with jolts of marigold, persimmon and teal. The collection was heavy on pretty party dresses, but also included perfectly tailored suits for day, and beautifully detailed gowns, which you couldn’t help but picture on the red carpet. The looks were finished off with oversized sunglasses, which would have come in handy for the fashion house’s favorite A-lister, Renee Zellweger, as she faced a frenzy of flashbulbs in the front row.
See Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2009 fashion show at
Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showed a collection of tough-girl clothes with an obvious eighties spin, including bold-shouldered jackets, pleated and tapered pants, and a bevy of jumpsuit styles in silk, leather and beading. In the directional mix were a few wearable items including dresses with exposed zippers and fitted blazers. The design duo also introduced their first full accessories range that mimicked the aesthetic of the runway-industrial-looking footwear and circular-framed sunglasses that are sure to be seen soon on Hollywood's edgier starlets Mary-Kate Olsen and Kate Bosworth.
See Proenza Schouler's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Experienced clotheshorse Victoria Beckham has expanded her retail empire-currently comprised of her dVb denim and sunglasses lines and her men's and women's fragrances-to include a collection of classic frocks. With the figure-flattering designs, even non-Posh silhouettes will get couture-worthy treatment through curve-hugging seams and judicious boning.
Designer Thakoon Panichgul delivered a sexy, womanly wardrobe fit for a modern bombshell, including cutout and wrapped-bandage dresses, corseted boudoir-inspired looks, and bright-colored floaty frocks. A rose-printed dress was an outstanding hit, along with party-ready sequined dresses in deep purple and champagne pink. Overall, the collection perfectly embodied Panichgul's inspiration: "Soft and light, hard and tight."
See Thakoon's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Wunderkind designer Chris Benz confirmed his mastery of color with a palette of muted hues mixed with brights. Tiers of ruffles and selective distressing added texture to his separates, while Benz's slouchy silhouettes revealed just the right amount of skin.
See Chris Benz's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Newly-minted Liz Claiborne designer Isaac Mizrahi made his ready-to-wear line glitter with butterfly-worthy sequined gowns and voluminous dresses. The high-low auteur kept the female figure firmly in mind, mixing iridescent layers with lingerie-inspired bustier tops.
See Isaac Mizrahi's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The designer, who is also the creative force behind Bill Blass, put forth a Spring 2009 lineup of youthful, ladylike looks in lightweight tweeds, watercolor-print satin and swirling sequins. The easy, boxy cuts were made romantic with pleating, appliques and waist-cinching belts. The ideal wearer? Says Peter Som: "Every woman who wants clothes that celebrate her femininity and strength but also allows her to be a dreamer."
See Peter Som's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The ultra-girly designer presented a group of ethereal, angelic looks that made the models seem like ballerinas straight out of dance rehearsal. The highlights included multi-layered dresses, heather gray leggings and sequined frocks. The look was most wearable when paired with a menswear jacket or a cardigan, and then accessorized with an oversized clutch and a long, piled-up beaded necklace.
See Jill Stuart's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Diesel Black Gold
Models on the Diesel catwalk wore a motorcycle-ready mix of distressed denim, zippered jackets and watercolor-print jersey. Slouchy, wearable separates were accessorized with hard military caps, fringed epaulettes and feathered capes, while low-slung boyfriend jeans got the after-dark treatment with satin cummerbunds.
See Diesel's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The sportswear legend celebrated the 20th anniversary of her diffusion line with a runway show dedicated to the city that has inspired her. The bright separates, sporty items and feminine flourishes were decidedly youthful, but it was the finale that proved Karan's focus on the future. The designer danced down her runway with a group of children clad in the brand new DKNY Kids line.
See DKNY's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg calls her latest collection "an homage to [legendary fashion editor] Diana Vreeland who taught us we could be goddesses and rock stars," but the bohemian designs could have just as easily been inspired by von Furstenberg's own jetsetting youth. Smiling models showed off floaty ruffled dresses, embellished tunics and satin harem pants, all worn with rich-hippie headbands.
See Diane von Furstenberg's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Head Designer Patrick Robinson's second fashion week presentation was fresh, colorful and casual. The collection of boyfriend blazers, striped knits, rolled-up khakis and color-block swimwear was a new take on dressing down and a continuation of Robinson's redefinition of the Gap brand as the go-to for every day, effortless dressing.
Hollywood's curve-conscious stars are surely waiting to scoop us this collection of sexy bandage dresses from designer Max Azria. The styles were the same ones that defined and redefined the brand as one of the sexiest around, but the new gray-tones with neon ombre inserts have added edge. And the bandage-style swimwear is a paparazzi-on-the beach moment waiting to happen.
See Herve Leger's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Designer Amy Smilovic took on the Far East with an Asian-flavored Tibi collection featuring oversized prints. Square-shouldered suits and voluminous tulip skirts suggested '70s-era Yves Saint Laurent, while a high inseam gave a waist-centric twist to harem pants.
The British designer is the latest talent to take on Target's Go International collection, and his newest collection of ready-to-wear reveals why. Saunder's paired tailored jackets with floaty layered skirts for a waist-centric silhouette in a rainbow of prints.
See Jonathan Saunders' Spring 2009 fashion show at
Typically prim, this season Lela Rose got quirky with loose-fitting separates in bright primary colors. The designer mixed painterly prints with simple silhouettes in luxe fabrics. "Inspiration for Spring 2009 came from the kaleidoscope of colors, exuberant prints and intricate shapes found in African tribal wear, yet staying true to a feminine aesthetic," says Rose. "It's literally Out of Africa by way of [Manhattan zip code] 10021."
See Lela Rose's Spring 2009 fashion show at
Alongside the pretty dresses she has built her reputation on, Reese showed pleated harem pants in eye-popping prints and floaty floral separates. The bohemian looks were tailor-made for Reese's inspiration: "Strong, confident and elegant women who take pride in dressing and never shy away from expressing their femininity."
See Tracy Reese's Spring 2009 fashion show at
The celebrated young designer put forth an overtly sexy collection, seemingly designed for the catwalking supermodels to wear off-duty. The girls dripped with sweat, some exposing their midriffs and others in edgy tattered knits or sequined jackets and sweatpants. Bright and pastel colors lightened the mood, and the body-skimming dresses and skirts are sure to be red-carpet hits.
See Alexander Wang's Spring 2009 fashion show at