News & Runway


A show like Charlotte Ronson’s should never be scheduled at an evening time slot on a Friday, but rather, before noon during the week (as I believe it was last season). The fact that Ronson’s sister is constantly in the news thanks to Lindsay Lohan, and that celebrities are guaranteed to show up front row to the contemporary show makes it a prime target for chaos and crashers – and it was. Perhaps the PR team behind the show anticipated all the skin-to-skin action, because the AC was on so high it was literally freezing. Once inside, camera men were going a bit nuts trying top capture all the celebrities (who as of yet have not been A-list or even B-list for most of the shows).


Whitney, Erin, and Samantha from The City were there, as was Mark Indelicato from Ugly Betty, Beyonce’s sister Solange, Matt Dillon (why?), Tinsley Mortimer, Peaches Geldof, and of course, Samantha Ronson was spinning. As for the collection, it was tight, cohesive, and very Fall/Winter (a welcome change from all the brightly colorful looks I’ve been seeing so far).


While the collection’s color palette was heavy on the blacks and gray, there were some welcome jolts of sky blue, popping orange, and fuchsia. It’s a testament to Ronson’s easy-breezy cool aesthetic that even with dark colors, her looks were styled in such a way that they seemed light and airy. Ronson’s girl is the epitome of effortless, put-together-at-the-last-minute sexiness.


Fittingly, the designer seemed to be inspired by a bohemian/gypsy archetype this season, as a number of turban-esque headpieces adorned the tops of models’ heads. Moreover, Ronson opted to show a slew of white-legged, lightly pleated pants (both monochromatic and pattered), a trend that seems to be just taking flight. I’m always drawn to Ronson’s signature floral patterns.  This season was no different, but the designer also showed some eye-catching outerwear – notably a short sleeved, loose-fitting taupe coat that looked like it had fall-staple stamped all over it.