Fashion Week in New York was 2 weeks ago, but I am just now finished catching up on all the designers that showed this year. Stupid med school has gotten in the way of properly taking in the upcoming trends of Spring/Summer 2010. My overall impression was that I wasn't too impressed with the American designers this year, although there were a few gems that stood out.
The first trend that was very dominant and seen in collections such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Custo Barcelona was colorful, tribal patterns. I loved what Nanette Lepore did with mixing tribal and stripes. Mara Hoffman, who had my absolute favorite collection this season, had several different tribal patterns, mixed with kaleidoscope looking prints. Each look was lovely, vibrant and feminine. I want to own and wear every single thing created in this collection.
Michael Kors, Zac Posen and Max Azria, three designers who I usually love, all disappointed me. One of the trends that I saw over and over on the catwalk was tears and holes with peek-a-boo lace or clear fabric underneath. Micahel Kors used clear fabric underneath his tears and it looked completely awkward and unwearable. Max Azria's dresses looked like they were literally cut with scissors or attacked by some angry animal. Not chic. Not to be outdone, Zac Posen put a coat down the runway that was not only a hideous shade of baby blue, but had diagonal cutouts and furry sleeves that made it one giant frilly mess. On the other hand some designers took this idea and made it quite lovely. For example, Jill Stuart had peek-a-boo cutouts with black mesh underneath that looked quite chic under colorful tones. I also loved the 80s pink cocktail dress with the whimsical bow.