While editors, models, makeup artists and of course Anna Wintour are dashing around the globe to get a first look at the looks marching down runways, it can be a tad overwhelming to sift through the hundreds of shows happening everyday. Like old faithful its best to start with the basic labels, like Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors slowly working our way to younger labels like Cushnie et Och. But the Spring Summer collections have been so far unexpectedly different.
Marchesa, the glam girls go-to label for red carpet wear took inspiration from India, a bit unoriginal since most everything looked like a replica of Karl’s Indian inspired collection for Chanel last year. Next. Vera Wang chose a palette primarily of yellows and golds that were surprisingly unflattering when used on heavy brocade fabrics. In fact there was whole lot of unflattering shapes happening on the Wang runway. Bubble skirts (gone wrong), long Victorian skirts way too heavy at the bottom and some awkwardly cut strapless dresses that fell very low on the shoulders over a bustier. It seems that they tried to go for a “different” look this season, away from the wispy, softly feminine looks of seasons past.
True to form however Ralph Lauren delivered yet another stellar collection. This time the RL woman came back from travelling to Spain. Red was a major focus of color along with other signature Latin elements like bolero hats and loads of gold embroidery. The accessories were equally as spot-on. Leather laser cut handbags in black and red and colorful satchels will be flying off shelves, for sure.
Rachel Zoe continued her exploration of updated 70’s cool fashion while Michael Kors took a decidedly colorful approach to his usually neutral palette with tons of color blocking, stripes and studs. Over at J Mendel, layers of wispy chiffon made for soft feminine dresses nipped at the waist in cool blues and greys as well as strong purples and bright oranges. Almost every single dress though had a high slit on one leg, a la Angelina Jolie at this years Oscars.
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