Fashion Week Spring 2011: Part II

IT IS OVER! Fashion week Spring 2011 is done and I’m exhausted. But not too tired to share with you some trends I observed, shows I saw and overall fashion fabulousness I witnessed:

Trends for Spring 2011: Sleeves, Leather, 70s, Vintage, Slouch, Slacks, and Orange

I guess the designers read a Farmer’s Almanac before they decided to design their lines, because Reed Krakoff (shown),  Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and others incorporated leather into their spring 2011 collections this year. From the high-waisted slacks at Alice + Olivia (shown) to the big floppy hats, platforms and wedges at Marc Jacobs, the 70s were back in all their overstated glory.

Orange is the accent color this season, designers from J. Mendel to Tory Burch either used the bright sunny color as an accent or a punch of color in an otherwise neutral spring collection.

Vintage: Call it the Mad Men madness, but designers will not release the vintage feel they’ve embraced since the critically acclaimed show premiered on AMC three years ago. High-waisted pants, shorts and skirts continued to dominate the runways.


J. Mendel’s simple but elegant dresses, skirts and shoes were a fave of mine.

Marc Jacobs: We Parlouristas are somewhat obsessed with Señor Jacobs and with good reason. This season’s floppy hats, big flowers and pants paired with flowy dresses and big hair epitomized 70s glamor—without the lamé.

Marchesa: The queen of the red carpet dress continued to wow me with amazing gowns that defy imagination. Check out the sheer white and black trimmed gown, which appears to be constructed with a thin sheer gossamer fabric and trimmed with an elegant marker.

threeASFOUR: This design group clearly has a DeLorean time machine in their studio, because they have seen the future and returned with amazing designs that turn conventional fashion imagination on its ear. The ingenuity behind some of their runway designs was fresh and exiting! I can’t wait to see who wears these forward creations.

Rachel Roy: A cohesive collection that continues to showcase this designer’s fresh thinking and beautiful design aesthetic. I ADORE the turquoise blue gown and need a place to wear it immediately.

Jeremy Scott: The maverick designer created some unique pieces inspired by everyday items like a “Thank You” shopping bag, “I Love NY” T-shirt, ticket, “For rent” sign, can tops, prosciutto and tire tracks. The show was a virtual homage to Madonna with bleach blond models and 90s Gaultier with metallic covered breasts. Kanye West and Solangé joined the audience to enjoy the fun show!

Michael Kors: Overall the collection was classic Americana. The finale pink gown with a high slit was 70s inspired but millennium redone. However, I did not understand the AstroTurf dress, briefs, bathing suit and dress (in other colors such as lavender and pink!) that made its way down the runway.

Ralph Lauren: Mr. Americana went Annie Hall meets Pocahontas with fringe skirts, leather big buckle belts over beaded dresses, and leather pants. No one better to capture the American spirit than Ralph Lauren.

Twin fashion designers Sachika held their fashion show, which featured the now infamous dress Coco rocked on the runway. Other guest models featured Vanessa and Angela Simmons, Sheri Dennis, Dawn of Dirty Money, RHWNY and NJ, and several ANTM alumni. Photos from Sachika courtesy of Dexter King.

This fashion overload is exciting!  Hope to pick up some of these exciting pieces when they are in stores this February 20111!

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