Whew! So much has happened over the last three days, and there's been lots of amazing hair and makeup. As I see more shows, I'm happy to report that quite a few of the Spring trends are very pretty and totally wearable. Click through to see some truly beautiful, inspired styling, and to get a glimpse of what next season might look like.
>> The first official look at how Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week is shaping up will come Friday, when the first edition of the Fashion Calendar ships, but until then, we've got a few hints.
“There will be a lot more shows than last year," according to The Calendar's Ruth Finley, which means Anna Wintour won't be pleased. Last season, Anna said that "a lot of people before were having shows that simply shouldn’t have been having them," adding: "It’s much better to see them in the showroom or more of a low-key presentation. It’s more realistic." It seems like a number of designers didn't heed her advice — Finley says that this upcoming season, "There are a lot of new people [showing] you have never heard of."
Earlier this week we brought you face charts from the first Bryant Park Fall 2009 shows, and today, here are five more great looks fresh off the runway. Whether you fancy earthy, simple looks, like this season at DVF, or daring, vibrant looks, like this season at Luca Luca, there's always something new to learn.
When I saw this shoe lineup in the November Vogue, I thought, what a dope shoe editorial. Um, no. This was the front row at Juan Carlos Obando's Fashion Week Spring show. These are not models, these are real life fashion players, their covetable shoes, and their glossy shins. Not only was this issue, with Reese on the cover, a stand out, I simply couldn't stop staring at this candy lineup. Can you? I served up some shoe fare for breakfast yesterday, here's another taste. Let's pick favorites, shall we? For me, it's between the dramatic yellow Balenciagas and the spectacularly shiny Galliano blue corset sandals; I can't pick just one. But you have to!
How cool would it be to get a Christmas stocking created by either Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Tuleh, Rodarte, or the boys from Heatherette? Well, starting Wednesday, December 19 at 6 p.m. PST, cool can become a reality. WWD has asked these top designers to create and stuff one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings for charity.
All of the proceeds from the five-day eBay auction will benefit Citymeals-On-Wheels, an organization that provides nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need. Some of the goodies to look forward to are a Marc Jacobs ribbon watch, Broadway tickets, a Tuleh ostrich clutch and a Heatherette tank top.
Everyone from Gap to Target to H&M have recruited major designers to create less expensive lines for their brand, so what's stopping Lord & Taylor? Nothing. The department store tapped Tuleh (left) designer Bryan Bradley to create an exclusive line called Bryan by Bryan Bradley in April and the feminine and affordable pieces have already hit stores.
Cynthia Steffe and Charles Nolan are also part of the Lord & Taylor family; Cynthia is designing for the accessories department, while Charles offers affordable and chic clothes. Rumor also has it that the next designer collaboration may be with Peter Som. Fingers and toes crossed.
Are you feeling the love? Valentine's Day is months away and yet designers were sending hearts and kisses down the Fall runways last February, so they were obviously feeling the love. If you're not shy of cheeky motifs, it doesn't get much sweeter than this. Just look at this vixen on the Tuleh catwalk, she's been kissed by the fashion bug. I heart fashion.
I have come to realize that the trends are really all over the map for Spring. Which is cool, because this means we'll have variety and designers are doing their own thing, whether the outcome is good or bad. One direction a lot of designers did go was quirky. Whether they went the art route, like at Malandrino, the mad route, like at Marc Jacobs, or stepped slightly out of their comfort zone, like at Rebecca Taylor, quirk is the way of the Spring.
(L-R: Rodarte, Benjamin Cho, Tuleh)