CARLOS MIELE: The Carlos Miele collection featured a breezy, beach aesthetic, with a sudden break in the middle for a run of more neutral, city-style pieces (above). The Brazilian designer highlighted the colors of his homeland, with ocean blues and dusty reds and yellows in a lot of his pieces. The collection was heavy on dresses, from mini dresses to red-carpet ready floor-length dresses, but also included cropped trousers, vests, blouses and blazers.
MARC JACOBS: The Marc Jacob’s Spring 2010 collection was an incredible set of dramatic, fashionable pieces. With an obvious Asian influence (see the Geisha-style hair and makeup), the collection was full of ruffles, beads, floral and plaid prints and more. From sharp military blazers to ethereal maxi dresses, from printed harem pants to silk bras reminiscent of 80s Madonna, there wasn’t any one stand out piece, but more like 50. Kitten heels and Japanese-styled sandals were the highlights among the footwear.
THAKOON: The Spring 2010 collection for Thakoon contained a gorgeous array of bright, painterly prints with some minor color blocking and patchwork details. Though Thakoon’s previous collections have received attention from Michelle Obama, this collection contained a younger selection of items, with drop-crotch leggings (above), blazers and tough, chain embellishments all making an appearance. The designer explained that he wanted to “evoke loose and tight together, sometimes in one silhouette.” Those drop-crotch leggings did the job just fine.
ZAC POSEN: The obvious first thought when you see the pieces from Zac Posen’s Spring 2010 collection is that he was all about vibrant, bold colors. With neon pants, bright mini dresses and vivid raincoats all featuring in the collection, it was obvious the designer was having fun this season. The entire lined screamed party, party, party and plenty of pieces seemed ripe for celebrity outings. We picture the yellow mini dress on a Zooey Deschanel type and the sequined dress (middle) on a beauty like Kate Hudson.
(L-R) J. MENDEL, CAROLINA HERRERA, DOUGLAS HANNANT: This gorgeous collection from designer Gilles Mendel evoked a 20s feel, with sequined dresses, tulle and organza and fur all calling to mind the flapper era. However, with pieces like a shorts suit making an appearance, the line remains contemporary and fresh. At Carolina Herrera, there was also a modern feel with shorts suits and strapless jumpsuits (above). Other pieces included linen jackets, strapless dresses, long skirts and more. The Douglas Hannant Spring 2010 collection used the long dress/evening gown as the main draw card, with a series of high quality, sculptural pieces, with a ton of drapery.
(L-R) TRACY REESE, JULIAN LOUIE, SOPHIE THEALLET: Tracy Reese’s focus when designing her Spring 2010 collection was to put together versatile pieces. Her selection of separates had a toned-down feminine aesthetic, with cute jackets and bubble shorts (above). At Julian Louie, the looks were mainly neutral with soft silhouettes and mix and match textures. This was obvious in pieces like the sheer, floaty mini dress (above) and a pair of loose-fit trousers, with pieces of suede, fringe and crystal-trim also key embellishments. The Sophie Théallet collection for Spring 2010 opened with a long, satin gown but the more urban, ethnic-print pieces were the highlights for us, like the black and white print dress above with its desert red belt and detailing.