It’s the end of fashion week, folks. And, while I wasn’t able to make it to the tents, I do have the inside scoop. Check out the highlights below.
The week begin with news that Alexander McQueen had committed suicide, casting a dark cloud over the runways.
Thursday.Feb.11.2010: Kimora Lee, Estelle,Raven-Symone, Jordin Sparks, Felicity Huffman, actresses Kristin Chenoweth, Bethenny Frankel (RHWNY), Regina King, Dara Torres, Kim Kardashian, Joan Collins, Heidi Klum, actresses Valerie Harper, Pauley Perrette, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and TV personality Robin Roberts all strutted their stuff at The Heart Truth’s signature Red Dress Collection 2010 fashion event. Participating designers in the 2010 Collection include: Isabella Oliver, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Ohne Titel, Rachel Roy, Zac Posen, John Galliano, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Kouture, Daniel Swarovski, Michael Kors, Tadashi Shoji, Tracy Reese, J. Crew Collection, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Friday. Feb. 12.2010: Naomi Cambell’s Fashion For Relief-Haiti charity fashion show and auction, where model Agyness Deyn took not one but two falls on the runway. Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg took to the runway with ease, as well as Karen Elson, Helena Christensen, Tanya Dziahileva, Selita Ebanks, Chris Brown, Alan Cumming, Lorenzo Martone, Kelly Osbourne, and Estelle. Runway tumbles and all, the night was a smashing success.
On the same night, Amber Rose was spotted front row at the Nicole Miller show.
Saturday.Feb.13.2010: A new brand name to me (and I LOVE his collection), models for ADAM by Adam Lippes, went sailing down the runway, clad in ivory merino wool cable knit sweaters and metallic wool wrap dresses. Pleated frocks with leather piping highlighted Lippes’ concentration on the minutia. The designer noted, “Even though this is a fall collection and the fabrics may be heavy, I tried to give a lot of detail to make it light.” Gathered, draping hemlines added oomph and movement to the billowy silhouettes. A dark palette injected with bursts of print and color created a visually arresting and intricate collection. Fashion Week Daily
Saturday.Feb.13- Sunday.Feb.14: Chictopia’s Social Influence Summit, where Jane Aldridge of the Sea of Shoes was quoted saying, she’s working on a new project that “has to do with a community of fashion bloggers, like a talent agency, that will bring a little order to the way brands and bloggers work together.”
Sunday.Feb.14.2010: Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Tim Gunn, Joe Zee, Patricia Field (wearing what appeared to be a witch’s hat) and Rachel Zoe lined the front rows as Diane Von Furstenberg sent floating dresses, cable-knit sweaters, blazers and oxford high heels down the runway. The models pictured above are preping for the DVF show. Credits
Victoria Beckham showed her collection, which was inspired by Dick Tracy and the film noir femme fatale, away from the madness of Bryant Park. Instead, she showed her line of 26 gorgeous, intricate pieces at a private event space off Fifth Avenue, where waiters served tea, coffee, cookies and water. The pieces mixed structure with draping, achieving a series of elegant silhouettes for both day and evening. The models sported round sunglasses from the recently-relaunched Victoria Beckham eyewear collection. Red, black, and white platforms produced in collaboration with Brian Atwood were striking as well, mostly for their skyscraper height. Daily Front Row
Front row guests were treated to Godiva chocolates at Max Azria, Hervé Léger. “Lingerie” was all the designer had to say about his starting point for Fall. How sweet for a Valentine’s Day show!
At the Rachel Roy show, Roy pushed the boundries of her “super-polished” past aesthitics, while staying familiar to her following. Inspired by Cleopatra, some dresses and tops seemed almost slashed. “I could go on and on about the inspiration, but for me what’s important is that the customer comes away with a non-costume,” said Rachel Roy of her Fall 2010 collection—incidentally. “I’m feeling confident in ways that I’ve never felt before, and I’m happy in ways that I’ve probably never felt before,” explained Roy of the difference in her outlook. Fashion Week Daily
Monday.Feb.15.2010: the Independent Fashion Bloggers held its Evolving Influence fashion blog conference, which made the front cover of WWD. Also, celebs turned out to the Tracy Reese show. And critics are still swooning over the lovely, subtly styled Marc Jacobs collection of separates, mostly, fur-covered bags, and layered lingerie looks, that most women would die (or kill) for.
Alexa Chung held a presentation of her fall Madewell line in the Bowery Hotel on the same night. Pieces include T-shirts with drawings Alexa did herself, skinny pants cuffed at the hem to reveal polka-dot trim, loose blouses, and boyfriend blazers. Many models also wore socks with sandals paired, more curiously, with super-short snug-fitting velvet shorts. For fall. “A lot of the collection is based on girls in bands, or girls standing side of stage. I felt like they’d be on tour so they wouldn’t mind getting cold,” Alexa explained. “I just really liked them so I just made them. I guess they’re not the most practical thing, but if you wear tights with them like I’m wearing them today … ” The Cut
Tuesday.Feb.16.2010:Vera Wang’s Fall collection was “a little fancy, a little sporty and a whole lot of black” — which was the color of choice for many designers over the past several days. Titled “The Bride Wore Black,” Wang presented a collection inspired by the movie genre, film noir. Pieces included dresses detailed with tulle, crystals and sequins, embellished jackets, including a ultra-sleek black coat with thick fur trimming the shoulders, ruffled skirts and fur vests, paper-bag pants, and a tank adorned with tulle sleeves evoked the sporty element in the show. Held at the Promenade, many of Wang’s friends were in attendance like fellow designer Tory Burch and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The Blay Report
Wednesday.Feb.17.2010: Anna Sui sent a lot of (faux and real) fur down the runway, as did many designers over the course of the week. Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Peaches Geldof were guests. Where was PETA? Off protesting the Westminster Dog Show because it encourages irresponsible pet adoption. Racked
Thursday.Feb.18.2010: Marks the end of Fashion Week and the final season to be held at Bryant Park, moving in September to its new home at Lincoln Center Damrosch Park. As in fashion, nothing stays the same; everything must change.