Fashion week in New York continues and the shows never stop. You definitely need a few red bulls to keep you going through all of the back and forth to the tents or other venues.
On Monday morning I headed to Chelsea for a show called Caravan. This was a show sponsored by Tide (the detergent maker) and featured 7 different designers. The shows premise was that all of the runway styles had to be machine washable. It was an interesting show and all of the garments were pretty casual except for a few evening dresses/ gowns. I was very impressed with the high style and low maintenance these garments had. One of the lines, gr. dano, is designed a bay area native.
Catherine Malandrino was held at the Chelsea Art Museum on 22nd st. It was nice to see a few shows that were not held in the tents. This show was staged in a way the really made use of the space. The models walked a path that went up and down several rows of people. This line was so beautiful this season. Again colors were shades of nude, lights, sunrise and dusk. These clothes were so beautifully draped and ruched, I could really imagine them on lots of women. Because the fabrics were organza, tulle (lots) chiffon and jersey, the clothing was not overly clingy and lay on the body wonderfully. There were a few leather jackets, but done in nudes and neutrals so that they looked a lot softer. Malandrino also showed lace overlays, a trend that we are seeing a lot this fall. I thought this collection was totally pretty and feminine.
Luca Luca was next on the schedule and back in the crazy tents. Serena Williams, Ivana Trump and Eric Benet were all at this show. Once again, the color story was pales: cream, blue, green, taupe, peach and plum. Luca Luca showed a lot of organza, and moire silk, along with very sheer, layered looks. A lot of designers are including very short shorts in their collections. There are a lot of them on the streets as well. Tailored short jackets were also shown in this collection.
Betsey Johnson and Max Azria were Tuesday’s shows. Betsey Johnson’s show was just the drama one would expect from her. Fun, frivolous and festive were all accomplished. She used lots of printed floral fabrics with crinolines, tiers and ruffles. She included a bridal segment complete with the models hands handcuffed behind them. I guess she made her opinion of marriage crystal clear! There were lot of cropped and skinny pants and more color than one person can take. You come away feeling that Betsey Johnson loves her job!
Max Azria was next and the front was row filled with young celebrities. The only person I recognized was Glenda Bailey, editor of Harper’s Bazaar. Max Azria was more homage to draping, movement and shaded neutrals. This collection was mainly dresses and some seperates. There was more draping, but this time it had a grecian feeling to it. There were very plunging deep v necks and one shoulder dresses and tops. There were skinny pants with belted vests over them. There was more sheer chiffon and jersey and the requisite pantsuit (both short and long), which almost every designer I’ve seen included in their collections. Max Azria did a good job with what is turning out to be a very muted looking Spring 2009.
Wednesday is Nanette Lepore, Milly by Michelle Smith and Mara Hoffman.