Earlier in the week I had to hold my hands up and admitted that there were several designers at New York Fashion Week that I had not given much thought to before this week as I was sticking to whom I liked and that was that ( am a a slightly stubborn person sometimes). However NYFW was pack full of impressive collections,Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu (who just blew me away with his beautiful designs) and Victoria Beckham (who I had honestly thought would keep to the same style of dresses throughout her collection for another season) proved me wrong by showing development and new flare for design, with the results looking feminine and fresh on the catwalk. I thought I would do a little round up of the other shows this week which have just been fabulous...
Marc Jacobs showed that he was seeing spots for A/W '11, though not in a playful way (more in a dominatrix secretary way). Models powered down the runway in tight pencil skirts and fitted jackets to Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People. As the rocked played it was clear to see that nipped in waist dresses were back on the scene. Though I was a little un-nerved by the snow-boot and floaty dress combo? Little odd...though so is Marilyn Manson.
Donna Karen's collection was beautifully feminine and had an air of the 1940's through it with nipped in waists and hems falling just below the knees. Touches of fur and the use of long gloves gave the collection a retro-glam feel. Clever use of neutral shades through the collection really made it feel different from a lot of the other designers this week.
Micheal Kors .. all I can say is his collection was just so cool and had stuck to a stuck to the 70's feel with flared high-waisted trousers, printed skirts just below the knee, patterned dresses nipped in at the waist, heavy coats with leather belts and the use of bright orange knit sweaters which did make me feel that I was re-living my mums teen years. Overall the collection wasn't as sexy as other collections we have seen this week though did exurb a effortless 70's coolness about it.
Of course there was Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta who also showed beautiful collections. With Ralph Lauren showing today it was clear that he was still a tough designer to beat, as his designs were classic, beautiful ( will a slight peasant/ mid-west feel with the leather jackets with tassels) really looked great on the models who looked like they had been at a retreat for three weeks! I think many of the designers at the end of NYFW would like to go on a three week vacation. Though I don't think that is likely to happen. Roll on London Fashion Week.