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Fashion week runway review
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Published: Monday, October 11th, 2010
If there is ever a time to be excited about fashion, it's now. With New York and Milan fashion week behind us, the excitement isn't quite over yet as we're just finishing with Paris. Let's play catch up and review what's been presented.
First up was Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was in its first season at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park after countless seasons presented at Bryant Park. American favourite Badgley Mischka was the first to catch my eye with a dreamy runway and collection to match. A turquoise and lavender watercolour-like backdrop perfectly complemented the simple shifts and sheaths in creamy pastels and crisp white done up in silk and lace.
Forever classic Calvin Klein worked the minimalist look with clean silhouettes, neutrals and not a pattern in sight.
Ralph Lauren, the epitome of American prep, felt a tad more Western this season as suede fringe bags and brass buckled belts completed the outfits of flowing dresses and flannel shirts alike.
British-born designer Jenny Packham stayed true to her style of stunning crystal-embellished mini dresses, silk draped gowns and sheer floral separates to complete a gorgeously femme collection, while Diesel Black Gold did quite the opposite. Messy haired models presented the collection made up of rugged leather jackets, stainedlooking suede and slim pants in muted grays and browns.
Over at Rodarte, the ever-artsy Mulleavy sisters took inspiration from their native northern California and presented woodsy and floral embroidered buttondowns, blouses and skirts.
Glam, glam glam over at Gucci: sophisticated, slimmer harem pants in twill, geometrically embellished tops, structured dresses, fringe and crochet all contributed to the completely wearable collection sure to create waiting lists all over the globe. Hardly imaginable in the chill of October, come spring, fashionistas everywhere will be clamouring for Fendi's spring collection of easy shirtdresses, blouses done in burnout and playful, polka-dotted super-short onesies all done in shades of peach, turquoise and purple.
With their muse of a young bride-to-be, Dolce & Gabanna's collection featured, yes, frilly white dresses, but by making them mini and modern, with some featuring sexy leopard print thrown in for good measure, the dresses were as sexy as they were sweet. Black gowns, knit dresses and body suits rounded out the collection.
The concrete jungle was the backdrop and theme for the incredibly easy-to-wear collection from Bottega Veneta. Rumpled silk was draped into suits, which were paired with simple tanks. They also featured ultra-relaxed little black dresses, crocodile vests and jackets that will surely be seen come spring in concrete jungles from New York to Tokyo.
Prada's self-described "exaggerated simplicity" featured hourglass dresses in jade, orange, purple and some with a baroque pattern and two monkeys cinching in the waist. Striped sombreros and classic black Prada pieces anchored the collection, creating familiarity and brand loyalty for Prada diehards everywhere.
Far tamer than seasons past, the Toronto-born twins behind Dsquared2 presented a leisurely collection of classic khakis and button downs, eyelet dresses, slim cardigans and plaid bermudas. Eveningwear was as different as night: menswear was sexy and very tuxedo-like with its black and white silk gowns and tailored suits.
Paris fashion week will round off the mega city collections being presented and from the looks of some of its shows, it has definitely not disappointed!