Fashion Week roundup: Weekend at the shows
Alexander Wang (shown above)
There was a lot of white but no angels at Alexander Wang yesterday. More than half the show consisted of stark white looks -- smock dresses, carpenter pants, parachute shorts -- that didn't flatter the feminine form but gave off the tough, sexy aesthetic Wang has mastered. A slick of white paint in the models' bunned hair, chain necklaces and metal and strap accents added to that vibe. The only bits of color were designs in solid sherbet, mint and peach, as well as white creations covered in what looked like notebook doodles.
(Julie Gordon)ADAMInspired by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Adam Lippes' Spring 2011 collection was the epitome of simplicity yet it evoked an effortless sense of style that most women would — or should — aspire to. Drawing on classic silhouettes: high-waisted trousers, blazers, tailored T-shirts, knit sweaters and floor grazing dresses, it seemed that nearly each and every piece that made its way down the runway could be considered a staple in a stylish, sophisticated women's wardrobe. Even when the designer veered away from classic cuts and muted solids — such was the case with a red leather shift dress and a ruffled mini skirt — it still looked chic and relevant. (Perrie Samotin)Georges ChakraThree words to accurately describe Chakra's Spring 2011 collection: Red carpet worthy. Or, for us regular folks, a good excuse to splurge for a legit occasion. While the range of embellished, fits-like-a-glove mini dresses that kicked off Friday’s show were sexy, if a bit prom-y, it really was the succession of sweeping gowns that stole the show. Draped metallic gold and silver, pure white and punchy ombre fabrics cascaded down the model's bodies, creating an almost waterfall effect as they swept down the runway, many leaving behind dramatic trains or loose, open backs. Chakras blended garments in black, nude and white, with sunny turquoise, yellow, coral and purple, creating an effect that — because the collection was all dresses — still managed to feel cohesive. (Perrie Samotin)Rebecca TaylorWe were captivated by Rebecca Taylor's highly wearable Spring 2011 collection yesterday, which was heavily influenced by the easygoing bohemian nature of the '70s. Models — sporting messy topknots — strutted out in ensembles that fused Taylor's signature silky feminine prints with edgier denim flares, colored trenches and (our favorite) micro-pleated maxi skirts. The delicate — often sheer — fabrics screamed spring and the subdued color palette was peppered with pleasant hits of bright orange, kelly green and cobalt blue. (Perrie Samotin)Catherine MalandrinoSunday's drizzle didn’t mar the sophisticated summertime feel of Catherine Malandrino’s beautiful presentation at the Grand Promenade outside Avery Fisher Hall. Models lined the picturesque pool of water while guests took in the South of France-inspired pieces. Ornate details — fringe, crochet, beads, zippers — gave the gowns, rompers, short frocks and wide-leg trousers a rich, royal feel. (Julie Gordon)Charlotte RonsonWell, '90s grunge is back, or least it is according to Charlotte Ronson. Models strutted down the runway on Saturday in loose floral dresses, slouchy stocking caps, baggy socks and messy hair with braids interspersed. Sheer tiered dresses, army green coveralls and mixed patterns kept the collection from looking too costume-y. The items are all wearable for stylish young things, even those who abandoned grunge with the passing of Kurt Cobain. The crowd erupted in cheers when Ronson's little sis, Annabel Dexter-Jones, took the runway. (Perrie Samotin)Nicole MillerIt was “Mad Men” meets “Mad Max” at Nicole Miller’s Spring 2011 show in Soho on Friday. The designer skillfully blended futuristic and classical elements in her 37- piece collection as evidenced in a silk asymmetrical blouse paired with a chiffon skirt and an ivory net, crisscross dart dress. Delicate hues of ivory, gray and khaki spiked with black dominated her show, as techno and house music peppered with the quirky rap tunes of M.I.A. vibrated throughout the massive loft-like space. The Loose chignons, spiked high heels and electric blue eye shadow were all nice touches. (Christy Smith-Sloman)Som took a page from every girl’s ideal vacation checklist for Spring 2011. His pieces screamed playtime with their bright hues, bold prints and variety of textures paired to form 32 bold, feminine looks. Even though Som mixed prints and paired the brightest colors together, each full look truly was ready-to-wear. The colorful postcard-print tank and subtle blue marble-print shorts, as well as a pigmented bikini top and shorts worn under a tweed-trimmed cardigan were highlights. (Julie Gordon)Duckie BrownCheeky prints, beautiful cuts, attention to detail and not one blah look make Duckie Brown one of our favorites. Friday’s show began with a neutral palette — a gray bomber and trousers, a gray suit. Then, designers Daniel Silver and Steven Cox introduced some of the most fun, but seriously stylish menswear pieces we’ve seen this season — a zebra-print shirt, a quirky bug-print anorak, a bright pair of camouflage pants and a sheer shirt. (Julie Gordon)Whitney EveReality star Whitney Port presented her candy- coated Spring 2011 collection on Jane Street in the West Village Saturday, in a loft space overflowing with 20 something’s who sported whimsical hats and gray nail polish while sipping vodka-infused cocktails and nibbling on gum drops. The “City” girl fused California’s laid back energy with the edge of New York City in her 20 piece collection that she described as “Feminine, chic, street wear.” (Christy Smith-Sloman)