Highlights from days 5 and 6 of New York Fashion Week:
This season’s Betsey Johnson collection took place in two acts: the designer’s signature pieces that went under the header Black Tag followed by a line-up of new affordable true-blue Betsey Pink Patch collection. In a fun twist, the Black Tag pieces were worn by models and the Pink Patch pieces were modeled by Betsey Johnson employees (everyone from a store manager to a print designer), decked out in Betsey Johnson-inspired wigs and makeup. All those that took to the runway sported specially created Lizzy-L booties, which came in various color-ways and are now available for a limited time on Steve Madden’s website for $250.
Badgley Mischka is not an everyday ready-to-wear label; to be honest, the client base isn’t always clear. Celebrities and socialites alike covet their red carpet gowns and the designing duo is sure to please that clientele with their Fall collection, but it's often unclear who really wears them. It’s better off that the daywear was minimal this season because after the impressive showings by Carolina Herrera and Thakoon, sophisticated uptown women already have their pick of collections filled with refined daywear.
The designers worked with embroidery, tablecloth lace, horsehair, and wool to create the effects that adorned the looks of prairie Americana, wheat fields, and, fittingly, Dorothy’s ruby red shoes were themes explored. The expectations that surround a Rodarte show are raised with each collection and this season certainly didn't dissapoint. The earthy-toned pioneer dresses and soft hints of sky blue will certainly be remembered as standouts.
Edgy and soft, Vera Wang is a designer who knows how to blend these two oppositions beautifully in her clothing line. Her Fall 2011 Collection was a mixture of structured and flowing pieces. Gorgeous, floor length gowns were paired with tailored vests and thick leather gloves. Chiffon pieces were pleated adding a bit of architectural design to a soft dress or separate. Fur trim and feathers were added onto overcoats and on the collar of short vests and jackets.