2010 September 12

Runway Reviews: Lacoste, Jill Stuart, Charlotte Ronson, Z Spoke by Zac Posen

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Like the origins of Lacoste, Spring 2011 was Bauhaus-inspired sporty and chic, with a very minimal yet French sensibility of living the good life. Christophe Lemaire worked with the usual cotton tricot and terrycloth in a warm and sunny palette of brown, blood red, and orange with short shorts, micro minis, raglan and Kimono-sleeved cover-ups and jumpsuits. To add a bit of humor and irony he introduced the summer legwarmer: terry cloth wristbands on the ankles paired with ankle-wrap sandals. For men, he stayed true to the brand's preppy heritage, showing seersucker and lightweight suiting material on tailored jackets and pegged stovetop and flood cropped pants.

Expect your spring to be a very white one. A majority of Jill Stuart's Spring 2011 collection featured white silk with black graphic prints or trim, dreamed up on blouses and dresses. Curved leather skirts and shorts in black were overshadowed by white silk t-shirts. If you’re brave enough to venture into color, then might we suggest a navy silk duponi cape with bold shoulders? We caught a glimpse of Jill herself wearing some pretty great boots backstage, and the same nude patent leather and black cap-toe boots were on the feet of every model.

Charlotte Ronson isn’t afraid to get a little grungy, and she reveled in all things ‘90s for her Spring 2011 collection. A big proponent of the slouch-appeal, Ronson’s offerings were loose and relaxed—nothing too form-fitting. Calling on the early 1990s, denim vests, oversized striped sweaters and floral frocks looked as if they might have been plucked out of Blossom’s closet. Even the camisole over t-shirt look made an appearance once or twice, although Ronson also catered to a current-day girl with silk rompers and ruffled skirts that were both feminine and updated.

No more 9 a.m. timeslot at the Altman Building! Zac Posen returned to the tents this season, but this time to debut his Z Spoke by Zac Posen collection. Pre-show, Posen was his usual gesticulating and effervescent self, exclaiming, “I’m feeling major. Over the past year we’ve built a new brand, a new direction and a new American look.” True to form, Posen offered something for a plethora of personas, a look for whatever color your moodring may be. Strawberry print gowns and fruit cocktail blouses were bright and frothy, although Posen was sure not to leave out those who aren’t quite bold enough to try a kitschy print: Hilary Rhoda closed out the show in a simple black crepe jersey gown.