Yesterday—day eight, the final day, of New York Fashion Week—saw a handful of shows, including (from left to right) Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, Calvin Klein Collection, and L.A.M.B. As you can see there was plenty of variety and fun to be found—heavyweights such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Laurent didn’t disappoint their adoring audiences, Isaac Mizrahi’s models walked lavender poodles down the catwalk, and Gwen Stefani put together six mini-collections, each with its own look. So on that note, let’s get started!
Forget the sweeping landscapes of America. For fall, Ralph Lauren looked east for inspiration—specifically, China. The first look—a crisp white shirt (a signature piece) tucked into silky black trousers, and then finished with lacquered red heels and a bold red lip—set the tone. From that moment, it was all about a glossy, almost-liquid black look—it was seen in slinky dresses, ankle-length trench coats, dressy pant suits, long-sleeved blouses. There were pops of color, of course, but mostly in the form of jade earrings, lacquered red necklaces, or a jewel-toned dress. The final ten-or-so dresses had an opulence that we’re sure will make its way to the Oscars red carpet.
At Calvin Klein, another celebrated American label, the look was comparatively different—simple, minimalist, and polished to perfection. The silhouettes were clean—think: shift dresses, cropped pants and jackets, an uncomplicated coat. The color palette was similarly unfussy—black, white, gray and tan. In fact, what made the collection most interesting was the texture—some pieces had panels of shearling or leather, while others were adorned with fur. We also particularly liked the way the heavy footwear tempered the low-key clothes.
Day 8 Shows
- Bill Blass
- Calvin Klein Collection
- Isaac Mizrahi
- L’Wren Scott
- Naeem Khan
- Ralph Lauren
- Stephen Burrows
You can explore runway pictures and reviews from Fall 2011 on Style.com.
Photos: Feudiguaineri.com, GoRunway.com