It's Day 2 of New York Fashion Week. Here are some of the highlights:
The show kicked off with a live performance by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp, which helped set the mood for the collection’s mix of easy sexiness (think soft rock) with hints of harder edges (think xylophone notes). Kemp was a muse to Rebecca Minkoff this season, and in the designer’s show notes, she remarks that her collection "embodies the urban gypsy, a juxtaposition of luxury and the bohemian girl" which was reflected in the mixed textures: leather and tweed versus chiffon and sequin, delicate lace little black dresses versus chunky off-the-shoulder sweaters, and soft prints versus tailored solids.
Lace is already emerging as a major New York Fashion Week trend and nowhere was it more obvious than at Jason Wu’s Fall 2011 show where the designer used no less than 15 kinds of lace. In keeping with Wu’s Versailles inspiration, the collection was fittingly baroque in style and brimming with delicately decadent touches like gold-dipped stiletto heels, gold trim embroidery, high lace collars, mini lace veil masks covering half of a few of the models’ faces, and Swarovski crystal adorned dresses. The embellishments were controlled and understated, however, making for an elegantly tailored collection of ladylike designs that stayed true to Wu's now signature aesthetic.
Rag & Bone
If wearing contrasting prints is going to be a huge trend for Spring, It’s going to be an even bigger one for Fall, as exhibited by the Rag & Bone Fall 2011 collection. The collegiate feel was obvious in the varsity-inspired jackets and the soccer kneepad leg warmers; a sporty prep girl style with lots of bright color, including pops of red and electric blue; plaids and striped prints were paired with colorful solids for an Oxford girl-gone-bad look.
Keeping with the somber thematic tone seen over the past two days in New York, Doo.Ri’s Fall presentation was a predictable, yet successful, collection. The designer has made a habit of showing monochromatic collections but she moved away from the icy blue tones of Spring, towards a palette that ranged from ecru to black, covering most neutrals in between.