Monday, February 13, 2006

NY Fashion Week in Review

Another fashion week has come and gone, and the trend reports are in - here's the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Fashionable Kiffen.

The Good: Temperley London's feminine embroidered dresses, Tuleh's forties style suits and coats, Derek Lam's minimal cool, Anna Sui's mix of bohemian and ladylike styles, Michael Kors' collegiate chic, and Vena Cava's Parisian elegance.

The Bad: Karl Lagerfield's collection was highly anticipated - and pretty boring, although the clothes were impeccably constructed. Lots of layers of black, gray and brown; we expected better from Karl. DKNY was also pretty dull (although Donna's signature collection was amazing) - lots of black in uninteresting shapes, highlighted with traffic cone yellow.

The Ugly: Marc Jacobs referenced his own 1992 collection with a revival to grunge - layer upon of layer of dusty neutral knits topped off with fur or knit hats. However, in typical MJ form, the accessories were great. Vera Wang, despite her usual talent for creating feminine, flattering dresses, showed some egg-shaped and tulip shaped dresses that definitely accentuated the negative.

The Best Dressed: The sublime Carine Roitfield, editor of Vogue France - always in fur and always fabulous.

The Trends: Here's the big ones - dark opaque tights wore with everything (even for evening), platform shoes or wedges, large structured bags, and a color palette dark neutrals accented with deep red or forest green. In terms of print, plaids are also important - Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, and Ralph Lauren had some great plaid pieces. Playing with volume is also important, whether you go for poet sleeves or puffball skirts. There is something for everyone this fall, so have fun with your look!

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