The wait is over: Fashion Week arrived in New York City last week with a hoard of fabulous new collections from all of your favorite designers. Spring 2010 is off to an exciting start: the designers thus far have shown us fresh ideas filled with exciting textures (sweatpants at Rag & Bone, anyone?), colors and surprises (a SunKist-orange dress right smack-dab in the middle of Yigal Azrouel’s mostly monotone show). After spending hours scanning through the collections on Style.com, I have settled on the following as my favorites:
1. Jason Wu
Admit it: a lot of you didn’t pay any attention to this guy until you saw his talent on display on our very own First Lady, Michelle Obama. Ever since Inauguration Night, Jason Wu has been the designer to watch – and judging from his Spring 2010 collection, he’s one we should continue to keep our eye on. He gave us a divine assortment of shapes in all sorts of fabrics – from silk and chiffon to plush feathers.
2. Lela Rose
Remember how much fun it was to play dress up with your Barbies? Dressing Barbie in the perfect pink ensemble to meet Ken for the date? Well, imagine this feeling (and add 20 years) and this is what you get when you wear Lela’s clothes. Always one of my favorite designers, Lela Rose wowed us with a Spring collection consisting of feminine pieces with a playful undertones – lots and lots of color. This little lady knows her stuff.
3. Karen Walker
I did not discover this designer until last summer – and I quickly realized what I had been missing out on. The New Zealand-born designer, who is known for her effortless, original style, presented a collection that makes you want to pack your bag and head to the beach. Think: sailor stripes (yes, this is a trend that will stick around for another season), paisley prints, mustard yellows and finished off with adorable ruffles. Check out my favorite looks below (and start packing you bag now).
DVF’s looks are all about a well-traveled girl who has been (and is going) on a lot of adventures. As usual, DVF presented a collection with lots and lots of dresses but there were other looks too – a few belted jackets here and there and some fab cropped pants. All of the models were clad in accessories – stacks of multicolored bangles on each wrist (note: this is an accessories trend I forsee will be coming back in a big way next spring).
Thakoon is master of the print – and this collection simply confirmed this. He showed us looks that, although seemed a bit familiar (the dresses in particular), highlighted some of his new ideas too: color mixing and a very interesting contrast between loose- and tight-fitting in one silhouette. Be sure to check out the entire collection (and his cameo in The September Issue).