ALEXANDER WANG: Wunderkind Alexander Wang just keeps getting better and better. His Spring 2010 collection had a decidedly sporty aesthetic, with knee high socks (reminiscent of the shin guards that a soccer player would wear) making an appearance, as well as rugby stripes, baseball shorts and NFL-style shoulders. If there’s one thing that can be said about Alexander Wang, it’s that he sure knows how to start a trend. No doubt the shoes from this Spring 2010 collection will be on top of every shopping list, from the zipper booties to the leopard peep-toe wedges.
ALTUZARRA: This season’s collection from Altuzarra brought a pleasing blend of tough, khaki-colored suede (complete with cut-outs) and feminine white ruffles, topping it all off with strappy sandals and the popular ankle-cuff booties that we have seen on many a star. The collection had a Summer Of Love feel about it, with a lot of patchwork, eyelet lace and Swiss dots. Everything looked very loose and comfortable, easily draping off the body rather than smothering it.
RICHARD CHAI LOVE: Richard Chai’s first collection for his new lower-priced, diffusion line, Richard Chai Love, produced a cohesive run of comfortable-looking separates, ranging from button-down dresses to loose-fit shorts to tunics. The designer focused on creating separates with a splash of color, with bright greens, teals and blues making numerous appearances. Again, ankle-cuff booties made an appearance and will certainly be snapped up when the hit the stores.
VIVIENNE TAM: The Vivienne Tam show was all about splashes of color mixed with hippy prints and floating, kaftan-style dresses. With butterfly prints featured on almost every piece, the collection was distinctly bohemian-luxe. Oversized hobo bags with fringe detail were the accessory of choice, mixed with ethnic sandals and loose, boho-chic hair. Though there was the odd appearance of more lavish details, like sequins, the overall feel was definitely 70s.
(L-R) OHNE TITEL, ADAM, BOY BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS: The Ohne Titel show was rich with bold colors and textures, apparently inspired by Egypt, with geometric designs deftly mixed with loose-fit pants and draped dresses, plus a selection of swoon-worthy footwear, from laced heels to thigh high boots. The Adam show had a heavy dose of vagabond style with ethnic prints mixing with fringe detail and wooden beads, as well as more modern but basic pieces such as tees and loose-fit shorts. At Boy By Band Of Outsiders, the beachside presentation only aided the cool and casual feel of their clothes, with on-trend blazers and trenches, bandage skirts and casual rolled-cuffs.