New York Fashion Week is over, the dust has started to settle and the tents in Bryant Park are slowly being taken down for the last time. It’s time to take a look back at some of the runway shows and muse over the fabulousness of Fall 2010. These were some of my favorites:
Alexander Wang, Preen, Charlotte Ronson
Every season, Alexander Wang designs his collection with a particular type of girl in mind. For fall, he chose a sexy-yet-sophisticated Wall Street type and built a grown-up collection that was slightly more subtle than his spring offering. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen took a different approach: while their initial inspiration erred on the feminine side, they added masculine tailoring for a balanced collection that included plenty of their tried-and-true mini dresses. Charlotte Ronson played with draped skirts and seventies turbans for a collection that was part nineties grunge and part seventies bohemian.
Anna Sui, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som
One of my eternal favorites, Anna Sui, stayed true to her seventies-inspired aesthetic, with a collection that was as fun and whimsical as always. While Proenza Schouler kept the scuba-infused colors of their spring collection, they added plenty of neutrals for a laidback yet edgy fall offering. Peter Som was another designer inspired by the hippie era, taking his style cues from last year’s film Taking Woodstock.
William Rast, Cynthia Steffe, Marc By Marc Jacobs
For fall, I felt like William Rast really came into their own; while they remained faithful to their street-cool vibe, they ventured further off the fashion map than they have before. In recent years, I haven’t paid much attention to Cynthia Steffe, but that has changed; I loved the Gossip-Girl-meets-country-girl vibe and could definitely picture some of these items becoming closet essentials. Always a favorite of mine, Marc By Marc Jacobs once again effortlessly fused everything on my dream shopping list and created an entire collection that I could sum up in one word: perfect.
Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vena Cava
Ralph Lauren is another brand that I never paid much attention to until this season. Casting aside the prep that they are usually known for, the collection was full of floaty bohemian dresses and gorgeous wool jackets. Diane Von Furstenberg is another designer that rarely disappoints me; although I wasn’t dying over this collection, I do love the New York vibe that comes with every season. Like Peter Som, Sophia Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava were also inspired by Woodstock, basing their collection on what they would have worn to the music festival; you have to love their modern, updated vibe.
Diesel Black Gold, Rebecca Taylor, Rag & Bone
Sophia Kokosalaki’s debut collection for Diesel Black Gold kept the rocker-chic vibe going strong, with plenty of leather and denim and even a velvet jumpsuit for the grunge-inspired. Rebecca Taylor also had a rock & roll aesthetic, although she mixed it up with plenty of floaty blouses and ruffled sweaters. For their first ever women’s show, Rag & Bone presented a savvy collection with just the right amount of confidence, combined with the street cred they are known for.
Suno, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte
Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno were all about keeping things bright for fall. The collection was playful and confident and had an ethnic vibe to it, thanks to their recent trips to Kenya. Quite the opposite was Marc Jacobs. Although his collection was as confident as always, he kept things subtle and sweet, sticking to a neutral and pastel palette for a collection that was kinda dreamy. Finally, the sisters Rodarte. Although I felt like this collection had a bit of that “stick to what you know” vibe, I did appreciate the white palette mixed with the bright splashes of color here and there.
Tell me: what were your favorite collections at New York Fashion Week? Who did you love?