Oh, Fashion Week. How you assault the senses and my heretofore unexamined diet of carbohydrates and cheese, forcing me to completely re-examine what I wear to the shows. (“Oh, man, if I’d just thought to wear my over-sized Patricia Field t-shirt with a python belt and stilettos, that Style.com lady would be interviewing ME!”) This year I was even invited to several after-parties (that’s right, bitches, invited), and I still didn’t get into them. The Meatpacking District on opening Friday looked like Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, as stiletto-clad stargazers carefully picked their way across a veritable obstacle course of cobblestoned streets and high curbs. Then there’s me, waiting in line outside PM, watching Kristin Cavallari struggle with her (somehow even more fake-looking in person) blond extensions. Well, I braved it all, to deliver this preview.
Flash! Color’s Back!
Well … sort of. Some designers, like Phillip Lim and Behnaz Sarafpour struck muted tones with creams, nudes, and of course, black. The color currently defining fall will make its way into spring in cocktail dresses and slim pants. Chaiken, on the other hand, marched electric blue silks down the runway, DKNY constructed full skirts out of electric yellow and royal purple, and Alexandre Herchcovitch’s show was a playful rainbow of stripes.
Everyone Loves a Little French Girl.
While our policies abroad might not be tantalizing the French, it appears an easy, casual Parisienne style has infected our runways with Audrey Hepburn-meets-Audrey Tautou cigarette pants, boxy 50s/60s-style day coats and flouncy tea party dresses.
Did anyone ever see the I Love Lucy episode where the Ricardos and the Mertzes went to Paris and Ricky and Fred convinced their fashion-frenzied wives that burlap sacks were the latest fashion trend? Well, there’s an element of that in spring’s silhouettes as many designers are experimenting with how clothes shape the female form, instead of the other way around. The coats are boxy, the dresses (particularly at Phillip Lim) looked like massive, floating umbrellas, and low slung, slouchy shorts were paired with flowing tops.