It's Day 2 of New York Fashion Week. Here are some of the highlights:
Renowned for his colorful day dresses and easy-to-wear separates, Peter Som’s Fall collection was the ideal mix between shots of quirky spring color and appropriately autumnal silhouettes. Inspired by Cindy Sherman’s conceptual portraits, the collection walked the line between saleable ready-to-wear and fanciful outerwear.
A beautiful palette of greys, blues, and blush tones swept across the runway at the Rachel Comey Fall 2011 show. The unexpected layering of prints and contrasting fabrications looked effortless and modern. Comey is taking her collection into the next season with updated styles and looser fits. You won’t see a lot of skinny jeans in this collection; new silhouettes, including cropped pants and above the knee circle skirts, were right on trend.
Tadashi Shoji gowns are staples on the red carpet, so it was fitting that a number of the designer’s celebrity fans – including Johnny Weir, Kat DeLuna, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Katrina Szish, Patrick McDonald, and Amanda Garrigus – were seated front row at his Fall 2011 show. This season, Shoji was inspired by ancient moss gardens in the Far East and the natural rock formations, intertwining branches and moss, and reflections of light and shadows in garden waters that they encompass. The designer’s inspiration translated into a parade of classic, feminine, draped dresses, many done in delicate silk crepe and silk chiffon fabrics and finished with feathers, fringe, and flower embellishments.
Christian Siriano has proven to be a very business savvy designer; despite the potential 'uncool' factor that sometimes accompanies being a reality show winner, and the diminutive designer’s oddball pairings with everyone from Fuji water to Starbucks coffee, he has managed to show well-attended collections every season since taking home the grand prize. Even more impressive, Siriano's high-end designs have been picked up by influential stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Intermix. Unlike past seasons, however, where we saw clouds of ruffles coming down a runway, Fall 2011 was an effort in self-control for Siriano.