BCBG MAX AZRIA: Hot! The BCBG Max Azria show brought an early pop of color to the New York runways. The collection was filled with tight body-con dresses in a range of painterly prints and black vs pink/green/blue color blocking. With gorgeous strappy sandals and tasseled clutches accessorizing the looks, these mini dresses are definitely set to storm the streets. No doubt these will look perfect on the young, Erin Wasson-loving customer.
VENA CAVA: Though the main pieces were mostly in neutral colors and dark blues, Vena Cava showed us how to make ourselves up in color, with bright blue nails and purple lipstick (an early contender for THE beauty trend of Spring 2010). With a mix of tribal prints, 60s tie dye and 80s punk (there was actually a safety-pin crop top in there), the Vena Cava collection is cool and modern. We love the Marni-esque triple strap pumps and strappy sandals and the sunglasses that stylist Kate Young put together for the duo.
WHITNEY EVE: Though Lauren Conrad was the star of The Hills, Whitney Port was always favored when it came to style. Though they have both launched their own fashion lines, Whitney’s is the first to debut at NY Fashion Week. Filled with dresses that barely cover your bootie, pastel prints and pale metallics, this collection should prove that Whitney Eve is a serious designer and not just another celebrity wannabe.
LAMB: Speaking of celebrity designers, Gwen Stefani’s return to the NYC catwalks was one of the highlights of day one. The collection has a very easy and casual feel about it with a touch of 80s-style, which is hardly surprising considering Stefani’s reputation as one of the coolest girls in the room. Though she featured her signature blazers, she also touched on current trends such as harem pants, acid wash jeans and draped tops, mixed with some bright colors and animal prints, to keep things fun. Gwen decided to watch her own show from the audience with her husband, Gavin Rossdale.
(L-R) ELIE TAHARI, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, PORTS 1961: Over at Elie Tahari, they kept things smart with loose-fit pants, cropped jackets and this amazing chain/fringe bag (pictured above), giving the entire collection a safari-like feel (with a burst of bright orange every now and then). At Monique Lhuillier, they favored fringe and draped dressed mixed with dusty pinks and sunny gold. The Ports 1961 collection featured Asian touches with loose-fit pants and metallic touches mixed with bright eye shadow and pale lips.
FASHION’S NIGHT OUT
By all reports, craziness ensued at Fashion’s Night Out wherever there was a hint of celebrity.
At Bergdorf Goodman’s, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen served cocktails to the huge crowd. Victoria Beckham also made an appearance, while the designers behind Badgley Mischka, Marchesa and Doo.Ri all signed tees.
At Barneys, Alexander Wang partied it up with the crowd, Brian Reyes hosted a Pretty In Pink popcorn party and Ruben & Isabel Toledo signed copies of their new book.
At Opening Ceremony, there were trunk shows by Rodarte, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.
At the Vogue Pop Up Boutique at Macy’s in Queens, Anna Wintour posed with Terry Lundgren, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Bloomberg, Kate Hudson, Michael Kors and the cast of Hair.
TWEETS OF THE DAY
CHARLOTTE RONSON: Working working wokring coffee coffee coffee.
THE MOMENT: Dance party still going at Williamsburg Bird store. Hipsters still going strong.
FASHIONISTA.COM: FNO is so much more major than I ever imagined. Well played, Ms. Wintour. Well played.
THE CUT: At Versace, young Taylor Momsen takes style cues from our Lady of Gaga — she left her pants at home.
JOE ZEE: The Uggs store is even packed and pumping loud music. I will excuse it tonight.
REFINERY29: Wassup bitches!!!!!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!!!! Fashion whoaaaaaaa!!!!! (followed by) Sorry, rogue tweeter wrassled my phone away from me. Hooligans very excited about fashion.