So what did we see? Nothing that was *too much* of a surprise, to be honest: lots of animal prints, prints in general, ruffles, cut-outs, knock-you-out-of-your-socks colors, jewel tones, splashes (and bigger splashes) of neon, 80s influence, etc. etc.
Here are some highlights of our favorites:
Monique Lhuillier’s dashes of golden/mustard yellow, fringe, and goddess draping:
Proenza Schouler’s jewel tone/neon color choice, especially the splashes of electric blue and the eclectic prints–which both somehow collide on a baby doll dress of all things, and yes, it works!
I was a *bit* taken aback (and yes, disappointed) with the veritable grey and brown explosion chez Alexander Wang; but I guess he did make up for it in intermixing occasional (and sometimes not-so-occasional) splashes of blood red for the must-have juxtaposition du jour–a key trend currently, and clearly for the year to come: mixing muted tones with crazy, intense bright ones. I did love love love the voluminous sleeves though. And with the lace-up hot shorts make for a girlie football chic, if there is such a thing. An interestingly pungent, truly American, apparel statement. Love it.
Muted rose, royal blue, slate blues and greens, and that same blood red (go out and purchase it, ladies!) pop up again at rather soft and soapy Marc Jacobs, who also has quite the knack for adding satin touches—all very interesting to say the least (since when does MJ bore us?), as were the designers layering concepts. Oh, and did we mention ruffles? Amazingly romantic and edgy at the same time. But that about sums up MJ anyway.
You have to love the cool blues of Thakoon’s collection (and a brighter, more vivid royal than we saw at MJ), who somehow managed to do a teal slouch/harem pant (God bless em!) which doesn’t make me want to run and hide—BRAVO! Loved the separates too…
Rodarte keep their signature deconstructed assemblage, but favored black, browns and dark grays mixed in with splashes of bright color on tatted-up models. The combo of the colors and what appears to me to be Polynesian-inspired body art, gave off a very jungle, earthy feel to the collection which I really liked, and considering the post-modern constructions, quite a feat indeed. Some designs did seem a bit redundant, but as far as I’m concerned, too much of the jungle warrior princess look is never enough.
And finally, at Phillip Lim. Oh Lim. YOUR RED PANT SUIT IS TO DIE FOR. ON A PINK RUNWAY, no less! Oooohhhhhh! One of my favorites of the week. With a t-strap heal and a skinny brown leather belt, I was in heaven. AND! A version which includes shorts?! Amazing. Here we see also more of a mix of this vivid red with gray, similar to the mélange at Wang. The mustard-brown garments (leather!) paired with bright red booties was one of my favorites looks. Read it again, guys: subdued tones contrasting bright ones. If you don’t have this mix going on come fall/2010, you haven’t learned a thing.
Thank you for paying attention to this VIA. Carry on, become inspired.