In Ready-To-Wear, many of the collections heavily focused on party dresses, formal gowns, and show pieces. There were lots of asymmetrical dresses (Michael Kors), new takes on the LBD (Herve Leger), beautiful and mismatch prints (Tracy Reese, the collections from the Arise Magazine presentation, Diane Von Furstenberg), and lots of lace and nude fabrics. Black, white and grey set the neutral tone, and back and shoulder detailed pieces dominated the runways. It seems that key pieces were all over the runway. Designers are more conscious of the fashion market, and realize that people arenâ€™t buying full wardrobes, but rather special and exciting pieces. The collections reflected the current recessionista who doesnâ€™t have as much as to spend, but will still purchase the right piece.
Even Tracy Reese, who I adore as designer, was a disappointment and her collection, despite a few pretty prints was not up to her usual standard.Â There were very little must-have moments and none of the overall pieces wowed me.
Itâ€™s clear that the fashion world is in limbo. In fact, Style.com likened this yearâ€™s collections to falling off of a cliff like the cartoon character Willie Coyote; you havenâ€™t quite hit the bottom but as you float, you enjoy the unknown, the surprise, the colors, and the scenery. Still, you look forward to beginning again and seeing the new collections on the horizon.Â Until February!
-Chris Law of FresherThanChris
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