Sunday, September 19, 2010

New York Fashion Week: Top 15 Favorite Collections

It will be fall in a few days. New York Fashion Week came and went and as the leaves are starting to change (in parts of the country that actually have seasons), so are the trends. It seems as though color made a big comeback this season and color-blocking in particular was everywhere on the catwalks. Sheer dresses, light floral themes and bright patterns filled the Lincoln Center and although fall is upon us, I was overwhelmed by the spring-themed collection. I guess that is to be expected since all of the Spring Fashion Weeks preview in the fall and all of the Fall Fashion Weeks preview in the spring. After watching all of the shows, I picked my 15 favorite collections. Noticeably absent from my favorites list: Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Betsey Johnson, and Christian Siriano. Those collections weren't awful, but definitely didn't make the most fabulous list. Sorry, thanks for playing. Let's count down the collections I loved.

15. Charlotte Ronson - Here we see one of the collections that utilized the sheer dress look that to me is a little impractical since you'd have to wear shorts underneath to remain modest but if this is a trend I have to endure than at least Ms. Ronson can make it into an adorable, 90s-inspired look with florals and plaid jackets tied around the waist.

14. Badgley Mischka - The designing duo have been off my radar for a while due to underwhelming collections with awkward fitting garments but they redeemed themselves this season. The dresses are quite lovely and fit the models beautifully.

13. Lamb - Ms. Stefani can do no wrong in my eyes. I consistently love her collections year after year and this season is no exception. I love her use of bold, colorful prints and the edgy oversized ruffles. Her collections are always youthful, always edgy and always fabulous.

12. Jeremy Scott - After Gaga's tragic yet epic "meat dress" look at the VMAs last weekend, I was elated to see meat dresses at Jeremy Scott's show this season. No, they were not made out of actual flesh which made them that much more fabulous. There are no expiration dates on these fabulous frocks. I also adored the skeleton dress only because it is horrendously anatomically inaccurate but cute nonetheless.

11. Z Spoke by Zac Posen - Yellow seemed to be popular hue during NYFW. I loved the canary shade of yellow Zac Posen used in his collection. The second dress, in particular, is something I need in my closet, ASAP.

10. Peter Som - More color-blocking. Fun, youthful looks. Love.

9. Mulberry - I love that they only used banged redheads for this show. It added an extra level of adorableness to the clothes. Almost makes me want to dye my hair red. Almost. And how cute is that blue jumper?

8. Prabal Gurung - Out of all the color-blocking collections, this was my favorite. The second look in particular really grabbed my eye when I first saw it. I mean, how could it not? The neon blue, yellow and orange geometric shapes beg to be noticed.

7. Jason Wu - Gorgeous use of the petal-like details. Very feminine and eye-catching.

6. Oscar de la Renta - There were 60 looks in this season's collection and the first half were mostly casual separates that were a bit yawn-inducing but once the gowns hit the runway, my attention was immediately on the gorgeous prints and fits. The rose print gown was my favorite by far. I don't think I'd ever wear it personally but I thought it was a fabulous over-the-top look with the rose gloves and shoes.

5. Anna Sui - One of everything, please.

4. Alice + Olivia - Youthful, feminine and just plain adorable. All of the sequins, ruffles and feathers add just enough detail to make the garments interesting, and yet don't overpower the dresses. Perfect balance.

3. Marc Jacobs - There were so many elements about this show that I loved. From the gorgeous color palette with the deep reds and purples to the flower accents in the models' hair to the light airy quality of the garments, I fell in love with Marc Jacobs all over again.

2. Monique Lhuillier - Monique Lhuillier knows how to dress women. Period. She is consistently a red carpet favorite for celebs because she makes beautiful, classic garments that are timeless. This collection was no different and the bright red-orange was a gorgeous choice.

1. Marchesa - Let's face it. Marchesa is always my favorite collection from New York. I've already mentioned in previous posts that I think Georgina Chapman is the single most talented female designer of our time. The use of crystals, sequins, ruffles and draping in this collection are absolutely heavenly. There is always drama in her work but she never forgets to accentuate the female form. A perfect juxtaposition of hard and soft.

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