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