Runway coverage provided by: The Fashion Spot
New York Fashion Week is in full swing, here are highlights from some of the best shows of Day 4 and Day 5.
Diane Von Furstenberg
This season's Diane von Furstenberg collection, co-designed by Yvan Mispelaere, was titled "American Legends" and from the array of prints the design duo showed, it was clear that they were inspired by a number of them. Millicent Rogers, Diana Vreeland, and Gloria Vanderbilt (the latter of which also inspired this season's Timo Weiland collection) were all singled out in the designer's show notes. While the collection featured a few of the expected wrap dresses and classic separates, it had an unexpected amount of edgy, and at times even kooky, prints that were leaps and bounds from the closet staples many might have expected
It has become common knowledge that whatever Marc Jacobs shows this season, we'll be seeing splattered across the runways next season, and that might be for the best as it will probably take a few moths to wrap our heads around this collection. In a showing that looks as if Artist Yayoi Kusama got stuck in a sex shop, polka dots ran rampant with a significant hit of rubber, lace, and latex. The designer worked with renowned London fetish apparel company House of Harlot to create sequin look-a-like paillettes that, like most other things in the collection, are made of rubber.
This season, Max and Lubov Azria are giving their customer an edgy update to their classic looks. Sticking with a mostly neutral color palette of beige, brown, black, cream, and army green, the design duo went for clean cuts and easy silhouettes as their base for a show brimming with closet staples.
Decadent draping in sultry silk fabrications is her trademark, and Donna Karan exhibits her talent again in her Fall 2011 collection. A lineup consisting of only soft grey, nude and blush tones may sound redundant, but there was nothing boring about her designs. The high-end, glamorous collection included fur trim jackets, chiffon hoodies, body hugging silk jersey dresses, and exquisite beaded skirts. There was a retro feel in the styling, including elbow length gloves and a 60s inspired hairstyle.