Saturday, February 19, 2011
Best of NYFW Fall 2011 Day 8
There was plenty of color on display at Isaac Mizrahi's Fall 2011 show on Thursday, and not just in the classic cocktail dresses and beaded evening gowns paraded down the runway. Dogs were dyed to match the clothes, which were fit for the sort of people who might carry a small dog in a designer handbag. Bright bubblegum pinks, tangerines, and lavenders gave the collection a sweet '50s feel, an inspiration reflected also in the poodle pins affixed to some of the sleeker, less pop pieces.
Like many a high-end designer, American icon Ralph Lauren is looking to the Far East for inspiration these days, playing sweet for the world's fastest-growing market. Lauren's Fall 2011 collection brought a pure Asian infusion to his classic signatures. Black, red and green were the prevailing colors, with the occasional Chinese print popping up in the form of a silky blouse.
The pixelated prints were in full force at the Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 show, where designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez showcased a collection of ultra-modern frocks and separates in deep orange, red and yellow hues, apparently inspired by a trip out West. Many of the prints featured could have passed for imitations of Native American graphics, albeit digitized and pixelated on luxurious, weighty fabrics.
Despite Richie Rich's best efforts, no one does spectacle on the runway quite like The Blonds. For their Fall 2011 collection, the peroxide-loving design duo looked to the Far East, showcasing a terrifically over-the-top collection full of crystals, sequins and all things cartoonishly glamorous. This year Phillipe Blond took to the runway clad in a gigantic, glittering dragon head, replete with a glistening pink tongue. And it just got better from there.
It looks like the neon trend will spill over into Fall 2011 thanks to New York designer Jeremy Scott, who presented his collection on Wednesday. With Kanye West, Vanessa Hudgens and Keri Hilson sitting front row, statuesque models marched down the runway in playful looks that were all shock and awe. Tightly pulled pigtails were mixed with rainbow colored extensions that exuded a funky club girl feel circa 1990.
This season, the Calvin Klein woman will be wearing textured jacquards and metallics in ever-so-slightly exaggerated silhouettes; the bell skirt made a few appearances, as did softly rounded shoulders on some of the bulkier coats. But what will likely excite fashion followers most were the shoes: stacked, chunky platforms color-blocked in the signature slate grays the brand is known for.
Fans of Gwen Stefani's street style will be pleased to see touches of the singer's personal style in each of the pieces featured in the L.A.M.B. Fall 2011 collection. Everything—from the sleek '70s pantsuits to the grungy tartan minidresses—looks exactly like something Gwen's worn out and about in the past year. Considering she's one of the most imitated women in the music industry, this is a good thing.
There was no end of glittery showstoppers at Naeem Khan's show, a parade of floor-length gowns and elegant party frocks covered in beads, crystals and delicate embroidery. But for all the sparkle, there was plenty of sophisticated restraint, too. Many of the gowns had a slouchy '70s appeal to them, built for a comfortable sophistication not often glimpsed in formal wear. More classic, corseted silhouettes featured rich, luscious eastern-inspired embroidery.