This week our usual Fashion Porn was placed on the back burner to make room for the fashion lover’s Christmas: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
As fashion week wraps up, I already have a long shopping list of what I must find once Spring clothes hit the shelves. While I’m aware that this is months away, the collections this year were so beautiful that I’m going to have to start saving up in order to stock my closet with the affordable versions of the designs I saw this week.
And although it’s hard to play favorites with the many diverse collections that walked the runways, there are five fabulous designers that really stood out amongst the prints, sky high heels, and oversized accessories at this year’s NY Fashion Week. Fashion Week MVPs, if you will
The Fashion Week All-Stars.
Even if you don’t follow designers, you may know Lela Rose from her collaboration with Payless. Her collections are typically a little more mature, but this talented lady really stepped it up this year with a colorful, sporty collection for Spring 2010. The unusual color combinations will be something for a seasoned fashionista to play with this Spring. Classic touches such as tweed bottoms grounded the neon color scheme and added an interesting twist to spring clothing. Lela Rose made people re-think spring style and it is that innovation that makes a great designer.
Ladylike floral dresses were hardened by studs and cropped blazers at Rebecca Taylor. Electric patterns were found throughout the collection; even the sweetest colored dresses were paired with bright shoes. The collection was fresh and cool with strong silhouettes balancing out the signature sweet and flirty pieces. The color palate was unique, as were many of the patterns paired together. And I wanted to wear every last piece. Rebecca Taylor, you are a genius.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Always a crowd favorite, Marc Jacobs did not disappoint during his little-sister collection, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Though the headbands were reminiscent of the bunny ears seen on the runway during the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2009 show, much of the collection was fresh and exciting. Jacobs incorporated tribal prints and accessories into more traditional shapes, creating completely unique and exciting looks. A far cry from his signature collection, Marc Jacobs created pieces from fun, colorful patterns, making it one of the all-star collections this season.
True glamour appeared on the red and purple carpeted runway at Zac Posen this season. Bright colors dominated the collection, which was filled with Posen’s speciality: dresses. He definitely knows how to dress a girl looking for some fun. His mini dresses were fun and accessorized perfectly with over-the-top brooches (that were slightly reminiscent of the Rocky Horror Picture Show lips). Fine tailoring dominated much of this collection, though the show ended with some stunning evening gowns that left me dreaming of a reason to wear one.
Take a circus ringmaster, add a dose of rocker and you’ve got Temperley London’s spring collection. Though grounded by basic black and white, this collection is anything but basic. The geometric patterns were complemented by solid blazers – and many of the looks were topped off (literally) by a top hat. The bold prints, studded blazers and other circus-y elements don’t seem like anything that could work together or on anyone, but Temperley makes it work. And they make it work well.
Though I chose only 5 designers, in true Fashion Porn style, I had to add a 6th look to complete my All-Star collection. The genius behind Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown, Jason Wu, showed he is worthy of space in the First Lady’s closet and definitely deserves some recognition after his beautiful showing this week.
Who were your Fashion Week All-Stars this season?
All photos via style.com showcase Spring 2010 runway looks