>> Besides the obvious runway trends that have emerged — cut-outs, metallics, thigh-high boots, emphasized shoulders — we're seeing something else: designers are sending out a substantially less gowns down the runway. Now we're talking designers who dabble with gowns, not whose livelihoods depend on the red carpet — see Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, and their ilk — but Rodarte, who usually end their collections with a trio of three gowns, chose to bypass that segment for Fall 2009, sticking to minidress silhouettes all the way through.
Max Azria, who usually does at least three full-length dresses for Herve Leger, didn't have one hem below knee-length for the Fall 2009 collection. Diane von Furstenberg, who showed four floor-sweeping frocks for Spring 2009 and five for Fall 2008, had one singular gown — the last look — for Fall 2009. Erin Fetherston, known for her proclivity for long, flowy dresses, had at least seven last season; for Fall 2009, there was one. Matthew Williamson produced seven gowns for Spring 2009 and four for Fall 2008; this season, he went down to three. Narciso Rodriguez didn't do any for Fall 2009; the list goes on.
So is it because we're maxed out on maxi dresses? Because a long dress takes more fabric and therefore is more expensive to produce? Because separates will likely sell better? Because gowns just look too extravagant in these pinching times? Whatever it is, we could be seeing a lot more cocktail-length dresses on the red carpet if this keeps up; that or, the gowns will all have to be custom.
>> It was no Prada Spring 2009, but this evening Herve Leger proved to be quite the war zone for walking models. Supposedly, two or three fell, and a number more slipped — the crowd clapped each time one got up, and Max Azria, who blamed the slippery wood runway, says he didn't care about the falls. Among the casualties, two promising new faces — 15-year-old Polish model Monica "Jac" Jagaciak, who Models.com just named among their top 10 Fall 2009 newcomers, and 17-year-old German model Karolin Wolter, who Style.com just noted as one to watch.
Miley Cyrus usually mixes and matches all sorts of bold colors, but tonight she did head-to-toe black. Her choice? A long black one-shoulder Max Azria gown that's part fitted, part voluminous. The oversized rosette brings in whimsy, while her geometric earrings provide chic. Do you love or hate Miley in all black?
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Angelina stuck to her red carpet standby Max Azria — a simple, monochrome chic dress — but this time, instead of a neutral, chose a moody slate blue. The drama is all in the billowy, plunging back, which in reality is the front of the dress. She wore it backwards to make it more blouson and to show off her tattoos. Do you like?
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When I spoke to Max Azria, who was Taylor Momsen's date to Fashion Rocks, he said his Max Azria Spring collection was going to be "sexy." Let's see. Whisper light jerseys, deep v-necks and backs, asymmetrical ruching, and dramatic drapes. Sexy.
With a very pretty front row, sprinkled with ladies like Kim Raver, Malin Ackerman, and Michelle Tractenberg, the pared-down silhouettes let sensuality shine through. The neutrals — normally a bore to me — were delicate and refined. We eased into a deeper seagreen, and eventually black, navy, and plum. These last hues were stunning; the silk and rayon jersey dresses had dramatic plunges and peek-a-boo cuts — not for the fashion faint. There was a delicious beige leather jacket, a surprisingly wearable crepe one-shoulder jumpsuit, and architectural vests, so it wasn't all sex and games. A surprising utilitarian nylon cross strap fanny pack was questionable, but it's excusable: the "sexy" dresses were seriously Fab.
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