2009 June 18
(NEW YORK) Brian Reyes
The warm weather brings out the best in Brian Reyes, and his typically-strong resort collections earned extra heft this season thanks to an edited selection of gowns, which flaunt the designer's obsession with form and function. A neon chartreuse matte silk column with a ruffled bust and graduated train was a highlight, but luckily, there were plenty of separates to keep the Reyes woman as polished as ever. The prints, as always, are uniquely his, and a painterly rust-colored example endowed a slouchy dropped-waist shirtdress the specialness required to make a purchase these days. Only one request---more gowns, please!
Donatella Versace chose her favorite looks to be shipped over to New York for the 2010 Cruise presentation and in the process, she returned to the house's chronically satisfying basics. The brand's strengths were omnipresent during the collection: timeless jackets, vibrant color blocks, statement metals, and luxuriously soft leather. Polynesian floral prints dominated the successful dresses and the overall Versace message was clear. The designer understands what the costumer intends to invest in with this long-shelf collection, and she put out all the delights on the very appealing, signature platter.
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