2010 February 15

Runway Reviews: Erin Fetherston, Rachel Roy

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(NEW YORK) Erin Fetherston
Fetherston catered to the New York Chelsea girl, circa 1970, for Fall 2010. Models, coiffed with Fetherston's signature bangs, sashayed down the runway in filmy over-the-knee chiffon dresses, skintight velvet “Jimi” pants with matching vests, and floor-grazing maxis. Livening up the ultra-feminine vibe--and adding in a pinch of attitude--were a handful of short-and-sassy copper wool dresses, which captured editorial interest from the front row. “The bird-print dress broke my heart,” Karen Elson told Fetherson after the show. “And the orange! They made me have a nervous breakdown. I have to have them!” Let's hope the sentiment is shared.

Rachel Roy
“I could go on and on about the inspiration, but for me what’s important is that the customer comes away with a non-costume,” said Rachel Roy of her Fall 2010 collection—incidentally, inspired by Cleopatra. With plenty of gilded touches, the theme made sense for a super-luxe collection that pushed the boundaries of Roy’s aesthetics while staying familiar to her following. New for the designer this season? A push back from her super-polished past. Some dresses and tops seemed almost slashed. “I’m feeling confident in ways that I’ve never felt before, and I’m happy in ways that I’ve probably never felt before,” explained Roy of the difference in her outlook. These great clothes are a testament to the power of attitude.