February 19, 2009

f/w 09.10 new york: social intelligence.

#NYFW collections

for my last day of shows, i managed to hit both the uptown and downtown versions of new york life, with vastly varying results.

at michael kors, he was also feeling inspired by the 80s, as he served up shredded fur coats in neon yellow, hot pink, and orange (some with matching trapper hats). want something more neutral? kors had you covered in a tan and cream version, cinched at the waist and worn over a cashmere turtleneck dress. for kors, it was all about the mix of more crazy brights with more wearable neutrals, with the latter much more successful. the tailoring on the cutaway jackets, slim pleated high waist trousers, and herringbone crumbcatcher dress was more interesting that most of the neon (except for a few neon cocktail dresses).

after seeing images of their pre-fall collection, i was quite optimistic that jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez of proenza schouler were going to present a stellar collection for fall, and after going to the show last night, they didn’t disappoint. the collection was full of completely wearable looks of cool clothes that cool girls (myself included) want to wear. the beginning section was heavy on outerwear, like cocoon sleeve double breasted coats and fur trimmed wool bombers, along with other cold weather wear (lurex bouclé pullovers, tweed bermuda shorts, scallop hem schoolgirl skirts, cable knit tulip hem dresses). pants were slim but slouchy, while tops were fitted and sleek (like a satin zip neck mock turtleneck with pleats and seaming to accentuate the body). the standouts were the dresses, which ranged from textured silk to velvet burnout with mesh panels.

it seemed like my time in nyc was a blur, but a good one as i can’t wait to come back for the spring 2010 shows in september. i’m also anxious to see the remaining collections, like ralph lauren, calvin klein, tommy hilfiger and isaac mizrahi and to what london, milan and paris have in store. will the big 80s trend continue? will designers abroad embrace new trends? only time will tell…

all pics from coutorture