Today in Fashion Week:September 16th

September 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ello little buggers! It’s the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week, and the stage is set for the last few shows. Fashion folk may be focused on their overseas roundtrip tickets already, but there’s still plenty to see here in the colonies.

Proenza Schouler

Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, masters of understanding what current generation looks for in clothing, rarely make a false move. Though their playfulness, once evidenced with nods to the gritty ’80s and militaristic touches, seems to have all but gone out the window with their last collection, they’ve gained a certain ability to create pieces that amazing transcend all personal tastes and unify the fashion front. This season, it was all about dark blues, slouchy blazers with rounded padded shoulders, and tie-dyes and other prints displayed immaculately on dresses that bordered on divine. Full Show Here.

Tory Burch

Is Tory Burch runway ready? She certainly seems to think so, judging by her expansion to a runway show this season, a move reciprocated by many of her peers. Though the clothes weren’t much of a departure from her previous work, it’s hard to deny their selling power. The younger crowd will go gaga for her tie-dyes and nifty patchwork shorts; women more advanced in age will go for her sleek summery suits with no hesitation. The bottom line is, Burch makes wearable clothes that are perfectly appealing. Hear Hear. Full Show Here.

Michael Kors

After enjoying big success last season with one of his strongest collections in recent memory, Michael Kors presented a lightweight follow-up for Spring. Those detached lapels everywhere in the Fall collection? This season they’re replaced with zippers, used to sporty effect on clean shifts. Elsewhere, gauzy knits were draped for an effortless air and given playful cut-outs for an edgy look. Kors is a fan of true American fashion, currently a focus thanks to the forthcoming Met gala, and tackles it each season with a certain aplomb for innovation while staying true to his inspirations. Full Show Here.

Koi Suwannagate

Koi Suwannagate went with the usual presentation format, thankfully given the intimate focus needed to appreciate her quietly ingenious details. Suwannagate’s penchant for florals and knitwear made their way in with adorable short sleeved cardigans and the floral detailing she’s come to be known for. Showing the shoulder-padded, cropped shapes seen elsewhere throughout the past few seasons, Suwannagate adapts to the changing times while still staying ture to her aesthetic. Maybe now for a little bit of recognition? Just saying. Full Show Here.

3.1 Phillip Lim

After last season’s rock-centric detour, Phillip Lim experienced somewhat of a return to form with a focus on modern classics, those covetable pieces we all remembering him producing just a few seasons ago. Though it was a step in the right direction, the show didn’t wholly repair the damage from last season. Remembering the wunderkind at his finest, I know there’s a step up to be taken here, but luckily this collection should support him until he does that. Full Show Here.

Peter Som

In recent seasons, Peter Som has developed somewhat of a reputation for being a connoisseur of funkier approaches like bright colors and mismatched prints. This season’s offering furthered this reputation, but offered plenty of pieces ready to be snatched up by even the most solemn of shoppers. Tweed coats, once stately, were played up to girly effect and shown over paintbrush florals paired with stripes and various other wrong-but-right pairings. Ultimately, Som is climbing up the ranks, becoming stronger in his focus each season. Full Show Here.

Alexandre Herchcovitch

Alexandre Herchcovitch played around with color and paneling this season, underlined by a vague football reference. At times the look was difficult to align with, but Herchcovitch found his footing at times that ultimately saved the show. Full Show Here.

Anna Sui

Anna Sui was more refined than it has been in quite awhile, and ultimately the show offers Sui’s quirky outlook without the extraneous additions that often plague her. Full Show Here.


Talk about investment! Doo-Ri Chung established herself last season as a designer capable of creating pieces with enough incentive to spend hard-earned cash on. This season, though perhaps less worthy of acclaim, exhibited the same notions of easily integrable pieces, such a finitely pleated grey dress or a slouchy suede dress. Such pieces are adaptable enough to withstand season after season, strong enough to be shown alone but quiet enough to work well with stronger pieces, and all easily justifiable purchases. Chung knows what works best, what doesn’t already exist on the market that should, and how to execute her terrific ideas into luxe pieces. Full Show Here.

Get ready for tomorrow! There’s officially one more day and let’s not let it go to waste. We’ll have collections from Ralph Lauren, Phi, L’Wren Scott, Isaac Mizrahi, Calvin Klein, ThreeASFOUR, and Tommy Hilfiger. De-Light-Ful!


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