2009 September 17
(NEW YORK) Michael Kors
“It’s a big city, urban collection. You will see plenty of architecture influences,” Michael Kors promised before his Spring 2010 runway show. Kors presented a staggering sixty-four looks, including his signature smart sheath dresses in creams and black, punctuated by athletic darting. Sliced waistlines and armbands created dramatic lines, and spoke to Kors’ architectural sensibility. Kors explored new avenues this season, experimenting with pastels for the first time. “Normally pastels come off as saccharine to me,” the designer confessed. Kors found his equilibrium with Easter egg hues and slashed transparent striping, striking the perfect balance between pretty and powerful.
“Memories of a beautiful summer in the Hamptons with shooting stars and gorgeous gardens was my launching pad. I wanted to return to femininity in a way that we hadn’t seen for a while. I wished to move away from the harder pieces and into a soft fluidity.” Colorful ruffles and frills were certainly on tap for Lepore, as well as new elements that are fairly uncharacteristic. Crisp white oxfords were a departure from her usual romantic blouses. Of course, Lepore had to add her signature feminized touch to the oxford, including a cut-out, open back. You just can’t take the girl out of Nanette!
3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim’s threads send the celebrities running to wear his designs first, and this collection surely will not be any different. The show opened with a fiery blaze, as Lim sent sanguine shorts and pant suits down the runway (which was also entirely red). By including shades of gray, leather, soft pleats and discretely placed bows, Lim created a look of romance rather than girlishness. The designer did not skimp on the sequins, accenting his final looks with an onslaught of evening-worthy glitz. Thankfully, delicate chiffon and organza, as well as his fine detailing, kept the designs from ever veering into the overwhelming category.
“The theme of my collection is punk meets prep. My collections have always been very preppy, and so this season I decided to style things in a fun, funky way,” said Michelle Smith of her clothes. Packed with cotton tab cotes and sweetly printed shifts, the collection was more soft-core punk; the edgiest pieces being the gold hardware accenting or perhaps the severe side pony each model rocked. Nevertheless, the combination was precious and classically Milly, even if the collection was meant to be a departure from her usual private schoolgirl fare.
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