New York Fashion Week so far: my 8 top 5 collections

Sometimes I wonder why I started blogging about fashion. Don’t get me wrong – I adore clothes, dressing up, pretty dresses, etc… but the fashion industry itself? Zero interest. I don’t think it’s possible to be less interested in who’s sitting in the front row, who’s modelling the clothes or what’s going on backstage than I am. All I care about is the pretty. And one thing I do know about fashion is that fashion weeks feature pretty on a very, very large scale.

So now I feel a duty to report on New York Fashion Week – which, if I’m not mistaken, is the first of the big Spring/Summer ’10 Ready To Wear events – I’m wondering how to condense all that pretty into something digestible. My answer is to use simple logic, and go in blindly: read no reviews or anecdotes about the designers. Go through every collection, save picture of the outfits I like best/want to copy most, count them up and put them in order. Bam! Instant chart countdown! Here we go, then. All photos courtesy of WWD:

Joint Number 5: BCBG Max Azria, Ruffian

BCBG Max Azria:

I’ve always liked Max Azria’s BCBG range more than Herve Leger. My favourite aspect of this collection was the disjointed dresses made of contrasting fabrics – something that’s been featured in almost every SS’10 collection so far. I wonder what name the fashionistas have termed it. “Fabric blocking?” Either way, it’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, I can’t believe it’s actually happening!

View full collection: here.

Ruffian:

I’d not previously heard of Ruffian. I enjoyed their candy coloured military and punk details, but especially their victoriana collars and sleeves!

View full collection: here.

Number 4: Vivienne Tam


I’m an absolute sucker for butterflies, and they were all over Vivienne Tam’s show – from embroidered and sequinned ones fluttering on vests and dresses, butterfly printed lace, through to huge close up photo prints of butterfly wings. I think this is probably my favourite collection so far.

View full collection: here.

Joint Number 3: Mara Hoffman, Jason Wu, Andy & Debb

Andy & Debb:

Just a little Mad Men, no? I loved the simple, ladylike glamour of it all. And I’d never think to put maroon and duck egg blue together, but that middle outfit is utterly perfect to me.

View full collection: here.

Jason Wu:

Jason Wu, meanwhile, sat on the other end of the glamour scale. This was full on luxe, as showcased in the opulent settings (I do hope those models wore knickers) and in the maribou feathers adorning skirts and dresses alike. But I suppose he can relax in luxury, now he’s in with the with First Lady!

View full collection: here.

Mara Hoffman:

I think if I had gone by what I liked most, this would probably have been second to Vivienne Tam. It’s the colours. Look at them! Such utterly delicious hues – bright or pastel, and even thrown together they just work, like a visual feast. Nothing exemplary construction wise, but so gorgeous all the same.

View full collection: here.

Number 2: Whitney Eve


Yeah, I know. I’m sorry. I realise now it was one of the girls from The Hills, not that I’ve ever watched it, who everyone hates. Actually on second inspection Whitney Port’s set is much, much more ordinary than the other collections I favoured, but I’m still impressed with the colouring – more subtle than Mara Hoffman, it’s nonetheless incredibly pleasing to the eye. I want to hug the peplum dress, the colours on it are so pretty.

View full collection: here.

Aaaand… at number one…! *drumroll*

Number 1: Christian Siriano


Another US reality TV star – whoops! What can I say, I don’t know these peoples’ names! Should maybe have guessed the blue background had Project Runway connotations, though. But I genuinely enjoyed the drama, construction and colouring of this collection. The teal palette he used was completely sumptuous, and I loved the small details – chiffon peplum, overblown bubble hems… Liked the hats, too!

View full collection: here.

Well… That’s my view so far! I am very biased though, as I enjoy feminine looks. The abundance of chiffon, satin, draping and retro tailoring makes my heart leap!

What are your thoughts on this fashion week so far?

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2 Responses to “New York Fashion Week so far: my 8 top 5 collections”

  1. Katrin Says:

    I know what you mean, nooo interest in all this, same with me ;] But I like what you have chosen out of the NV FW collections…on the first view I would say that I like The Andy & Debb and Ruffian most. Like you said, first one plays arround with this candy color and I have a crush about candycotton at the moment.
    At andy & debb I love the high waisted pants and the simplicity of their outfits…and the pink dress ist so wonderfull *___*

  2. savedforbest Says:

    Maroon & Duck Egg – West Ham colours?!
    I love those ostrich feather skirts!

    xx

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