February 17, 2009

f/w 09.10 new york: back to the future.

#NYFW collections

what a whirlwind of a day monday was! it started with the elegance and sophistication of carolina herrera and ended with the youthful exuberance of marc jacobs.

at herrera, there was less embroidery and more detailing (something i’m noticing more and more as the week goes on). she paired textured bronze skinny pants, two toned tapesty jackets, sharkskin tuxedos, high waist suede skirts, and hammered silk trumpet hem gowns. i especially loved the evening looks of long over long: a long suede belted “cardigan” over a long skirt or a lapis collarless blazer over a burnout velvet gown.

justin timberlake, trace ayala and the lindebergs were in an 80s state of mind at william rast, more specifically the rumble fish and thelma and louise era. denim, leather and lace (and studs and embroidery). it also had a whiff of desperately seeking susan thrown in for good measure (oversized white shirts with black beading, high waist denim pencil skirts). i’m not too sold on two toned jeans (remember those?) or black acid wash, but the strong shoulder tuxedo jackets were amazing. i wish they had expanded on that and now shown so much denim. a girl’s gotta have something else to wear besides jeans.

and if you’re looking for something to wear to lighten your mood, look no further than marc jacobs, who said his collection was an ode to 80s new york nightlife, “when new yorkers could have fun…not like now.” every model had her own look (hair/makeup) and one ensemble each. everything you can imagine was there: siouxsie sioux makeup, mohawks, neon colors, shoulder pads, high waist skinny pants, fishnet, tapestry, velvet, and lace. even though i was a child of the decade, and i remember wearing many of the styles the first time around, i saw lots of wearable pieces here. it was fun and crazy, which is exactly how i imagine marc wanted it to be.

tomorrow: reports from rodarte, marc by marc, and narciso…

herrera pics: style.com; all others: coutorture.com