SPOTTING & More: Were you spotted?
September 15, 2006—Jay McCarroll's debut show was
one of the most highly-anticipated of the spring season, as evidenced by
the throngs of people crowded at the Bryant Park tents. Project Runway's
first season winner has been highly scrutinized by the fashion community
for failing to show a collection after his landmark win. But, Jay came
through with his spring 2007 collection. Edgy, daring, and unique, his
creations rocked the runway. His designs were on point with every trend
of the season, but marked by Jay's personal, unique sense of style - a
factor which set his collection apart from the dozens of other runway
shows. It included men's and women's wear, as well as accessories.
Patchwork-detailing, crazy patterns, and lots of texture defined the
B-52's-inspired street wear collection.
Like many designers, Jay
echoed the trends of the season (volume, sixties mod, color). His interpretation of Yellow (the "It" color
of the season) was a dirty mustard hue; still yellow, but in a "Jay"
way. His version of the capelet? A hooded blue vinyl transparent rain
poncho. A sixties-spin? The influence of the B-52's, beehive hairdos and
all. - Niki Khindri
Some of the looks were wearable; some not. Regardless, Jay pulled through
with an outstanding collection due to his visible personality and
disregard for the "rules" of fashion. In my opinion, he has proved his
talent as a designer.
Spotted: Project Runway alums Austin Scarlett and Marla Duran;
Season 3 cast members Kayne Gillaspie and Katherine Gerdes (see
photo); Alison Kelly; and Malan Breton.
Insider's Dish: After the show, we caught up with Katherine and
Kayne, who had nothing but good things to say about Jay's collection;
they were so nice, they even posed for a picture!
September 15, 2006—Flower-child-hippie-chic meets
Twiggy-esque Sixties-Mod in Fetherston's Spring collection; except
somewhere in between, things went very wrong. The flower-themed
collection left models looking like giant tulips. Repeating seasonal
trends, volume reigned supreme, with flared babydoll minis and blouson
sleeves. But even voluminous shapes couldn't help the garments from
looking shapeless, flat, and boring. Flower-shaped chiffon cutouts
reminded me of something I'd made in Kindergarten during arts and
crafts; and the floor-length gowns left much to be desired. The decade
of sixties mod emerged in shift dresses, capelets, and jumpers; but
Fetherston's versions lacked shape and imagination.
September 15, 2006—On the last day of Olympus
Fashion Week, Lisa Thon, a Puerto Rican-based designer presented a
feminine and ladylike collection. The chiffon dresses with asymmetrical,
halter or strapless tops, glided down the runway in light brown, almond,
butter, ivory and pumpkin orange. There was ruching and pleating to
create some volume and intrigue. The use of silk satin on short shorts,
pants and shirt dresses added hints of shine. As a nod to her tropical
surroundings, the show had some sexy bathing suits, chiffon tunics in a
polka-dot print, and use of fire-red in the final looks.
September 14, 2006—J. Mendel's name is
synonymous with red-carpet fashion; and his Spring 2007 hit the mark.
Inspired by modern architecture and sculpture, Mendel's collection
highlights the interplay between hard and soft, a metaphor for the
strength and beauty of the modern woman. To this end, the collection
featured dresses made from stiff organza and tulle, softened by its
combination of flowing silk chiffon. Dresses and skirts were
characterized by clean lines and geometric elements such as circle
embellishments. Diaphanous gowns, with an emphasis on volume, floated
down - sure to be red-carpet winners. Congruent with Mendel's
architectural theme, the collection's palette consisted of natural,
subdued shades like stone, cream, and slate grey; but with an added
"oomph" of shimmer.
Rimes and husband; Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey.
September 14, 2006—Viewing Abaete's Spring 2007
collection was motivation enough to make you jump off your seat and hop
on the first flight to St. Tropez. Inspired by French sophistication and
a Brazilian sensuality, designer Laura Poretzky's collection included
lots of vacation-worthy ensembles, like mini-dresses, shorts, and
swimwear. Colors were mainly cream and brown, but with occasional
splashes of turquoise, yellow and red (a short, ruffled yellow
mini-dress was a standout). The entire look was accented by wide-brim
floppy hats, and a stellar collection of shoes in red and turquoise
satin, which are scheduled to debut at Payless!
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September 14, 2006—I’ve been waiting all week
to attend the Badgley Mischka show. There’s something about a fabulous
gown that makes a gal feel like a princess. And, should one need a
Red-Carpet-ready gown or a knockout cocktail dress, these are the men to
turn to for help. Attendees at today’s show were treated to a dazzling
display of chiffon gowns, silk organza dresses and some cotton lace
dresses. With soft fabrics, and toned down shades like ivory, mist,
blush pink, and buttermilk, everything had an ethereal quality. Even the
metallics were subdued, not the gaudy 80’s gold we’ve seen in past
As for the bags, python, python, python! From silver satchels and bronze
handbags to midnight blue clutched, python was the skin of choice. With
it’s luxe appeal and timeless elegance, this is one look you’ll want to
A full report on the Badgley Mischka handbag line will be up soon.
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September 14, 2006—Opening with music from The
Nutcracker, Vera Wang’s presentation – from colors choice to
music – was soft and somber. The palette consisted of muted black,
grays, ivory, and nudes, with a hint of midnight blue. Layering of
silk-satin and chiffon separates mixed with cocktail dresses and evening
gowns. As with other shows, there was a play on volume with fitted tops
and bubble skirts.
September 12, 2006—For Spring 2007, Betsey Johnson’s
gals look like Little Bow Peeps without their sheep. With curled hair,
pale skin and matte poppy-red lips, the models strutted down the catwalk
looking like little cherubs heading off to a glamorous picnic. Polka
dots of red, grey and green appeared on dresses, tops and bathing suits.
It was a very 1940’s, kept housewife look, right down to the cut of the
dresses (fitted at the top and bubble at the bottom) and the high-waist
bikini bottoms. As with other shows this week, pleating made an
appearance – I sense a trend coming.
The show was youthful, fun and very Betsy. As always, the show closed
with Ms. B’s trademark cartwheel. This year, she also danced with
Patricia Field and coddled her
new grandchild (the inspiration for the collection) down the runway.
check out our
behind-the-scenes coverage before the show began!
September 12, 2006—Stretchy, warm weather dresses
and sexy bikinis strolled along a waiting pool at the Great Jones Spa.
The atmosphere was relaxing and set the stage for a laid-back
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September 11, 2006—When I think of Oscar
de la Renta, my mind wonders to thoughts of bubble skirts, glamorous
gowns and SJP in the last episode of Sex and the City – you remember her
on the bed in a cloud of layered heather gray and blue tulle! For Spring
2007, expect fabulous cocktail dresses in primary colors – red, blue and
yellow – with scoop, deep-V and heart-shape necklines. The knock out
look was a vibrant yellow ball gown with a gigantic print along the hem.
The Bags: It seems that bigger is still better, as oversized
totes rain supreme. More notes to come soon!-
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September 11, 2006—On Episode 5 of Project
Runway, Robert attempted to modernize Jackie O’s iconic style. While he
failed, with her Spring-Summer 07 collect, Carolina Herrera does manages
to update the former First Lady’s penchant for tailored, classic
silhouettes. A khaki, button-down shirtdress is modernized with a thick
belt worn at the waist. A business-casual-ready poppy red top was belted
and paired with crème eyelet pants. The color palette was mostly black,
white, khaki and grey with variations of red sprinkled into the fashion
pot.- Pamela Pekerman
September 10, 2006—Diane von Furstenberg
was the show this weekend, and the queen of the wrap dress did not
disappoint. In front of a chic
crowd, predominantly clad in DVF, loose summer dresses in bold
shades of poppy, kelly green, gold and fuchsia paraded down the runway.
Solid-color wrap dresses mixed with geometric print tops and quirky
looks like a cocoon coat with spotted frog leggings and a ladybug dress
(the later was truly adorable). The animals are a nod to the Garden of
Eden and Eve, DVF’s inspiration for the collection. “All About Eve!
celebrates the metamorphosis of woman from nature into being… the birth
of femininity.” The runway was a story from earth tons, to animals and
finally the goddess within each woman. Fittingly, the show closed in
royal fashion with a crystallized python lame tunic that will be a hot
look at glamorous poolside’s from the Hamptons to Palm Springs.
The highlight: a gold jersey coat dress – pair it with a fabulous
chocolate envelope clutch from Lambertson Truex’ Spring/Summer 07
collection.- Pamela Pekerman
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September 10, 2006—It’s difficult to loosen
up the fashion elite and get them to smile during a fashion show, but
Tracy Reese managed to do just that. Beginning the show with a
sensual tango, with dancers provided by
the mood was set for a fashionable escape into hot Latin nights. There
was a lot of eyelet, fly-away dresses and blouses, ruching, minis and
empire dresses. Colors were muted and feminine - slate, mustard, mauve,
hazelnut, rose, black and white. Fabric flowed with billowing tops and
bubble dresses, making me covet an immediate transition from the rigid,
structure of fall.
PS We'll be doing a whole feature on Tracy Reese’s burgeoning handbag
line, after fashion week! Stay toned and be the first
Bagista on the
block with the bag-a-licious scoop.- Pamela
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September 10, 2006—After fall’s strict lines
and tailoring, designers are gravitating towards playful movement.
Gustavo Arango, a Puerto Rican-based designer, interpreted this
trend (at least I think it will devolve into a trend) in his own
luxurious way by, crinkling silk organza and pleating chiffon. The
results are glamorous daytime separates and evening gowns that have
bounce with every step. The showstopper was a sunrise orange (an AMAZING
color!) silk organza hemstitched silk chiffon gown that can be worn on
the red carpet or a flamenco festival! Olay!-
September 9, 2006—East meets West in Anand Jon’s
Spring 2007 collection, titled “Jeanisis”. Jon’s work can best be
described as a fusion of urban street style and Bollywood glamour; think
P. Diddy's Sean John with a Bollywood flair. Despite Jon's popularity
amongst the social elite, his Spring '07 collection failed to impress.
The collection consisted of beaded tops paired with ill-fitting denim
separates; sequined caftans; and glitzy evening dresses. The pieces that
fused Indian culture with urban glam were undoubtedly the standouts.
Bollywood influence could be seen in sheer beaded caftans, delicate lace
tops, and a beautifully embroidered sari-like skirt.
High Point: the shirtless duo of male models, featuring Vinci from the
MTV reality show 8th and Ocean. Vinci's washboard abs instantly perked
up disinterested audience members (myself included), and ironically, all
they wore were faded jeans.
Celebrity Attendees: Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, and Paris Hilton
imposter Natalie Reid. - Niki Khindri
September 9, 2006—Terexov by Alexander
Terekhov made its Olympus Fashion Week debut today. The Russian designer
wowed the fashion elite with silk-satin gowns in iridescent gold, white,
black, pale pink, mint green and heather gray. With billowing sleeves
and matching belts wrapped at the waist, they have a sexy 70’s vibe and
could easily double as uber-chic robes! Throwing into the mix, for good
company, were a handful of wrap dresses, asymmetrical dresses and
layering of chiffon. - Pamela Pekerman
September 9, 2006
September 9, 2006—Influenced by the art deco
movement of the 1920’s, Sass & Bide’s Spring-Summer 2007 gals were clad
in geometric patterns, including an exclusive black and metallic
‘scaling the fence’ fabric. With defined piping and intricate
décolletages and backsides, the models looked like
architecturally-sculpted building. If you can envision the Empire State
Building as a human being, that is what the first half of he show looked
like. Thrown in were a mix of gathered tops (a Sass & Bide staple) that
were often synched with a magnificent rope belt (toggles and all), or
paired with heather-gray leggings..-
September 9, 2006—Dragana Ognjenovic’s Spring-Summer
2007 palette of pale pink, vanilla and muted black appeared in linen and
chiffon. Pleating was the theme, as hints of gathered fabric appeared on
pants, shorts, dresses and jackets. It was the detailing of the
pleating, the variations and the surprising placements that wowed the
crowd. A beige window-pleated jacket over panna pants was a highlight,
as was a wrap top paired with a 197-ruffle skirt – yes, it probably has
197 ruffles! - Pamela Pekerman
September 8, 2006—From a
NYC point-of-view, Fiandaca missed the mark. It was cowgirl meets princess
with an overdose of fringe that bordered on tacky. On a positive note: the
collection included a range of polka dot chiffon dresses that gave off an
air of Parisian charm to the tune of "These boots were made for walking"
blasting in French. –
September 8, 2006—At
Marc Bouwer, jet set-chic and old-hollywood glam fused to create a
perfect St. Tropez-themed collection. The gowns - longtime red-carpet
favorites - once again proved their golden-statue status with a
collection of black and white graphic prints, Marilyn-Monroe- influenced
laces, and tropical-colored satins. Bouwer's swimsuit line completed the
collection, repeating a sophistication and elegance that only he could
Ivana Trump in the front row, it was at times easy to regress to
a Lilly-Pulitzer-like mindset - neon hues and all. But in the end,
Bouwer's classy collection had something for everyone - from the
starlet, to the glamour queen, and even to the 1st Mrs. Trump. -
September 8, 2006—Celebrating
its 50th year in the swimwear industry, Gottex presented a spectacular
collection ranging from halter bikinis with dashes of vibrant fuchsia to
dangerously-sexy one-pieces with twisted black and red ribbon detailing
along the side – not much for the imagination with the latter. I loved the
“Gold Lace,” “Net Gold,” “Athena” “Odyssey” and “Goddess” collections for
their opulence and luxury. One white, ruched bikini with a gold triangle
between the breasts, is an ideal choice for your next vacation in Croatia or
Marbella – the boy shorts bottom is great for hiding some extra, well,
Some fun facts on Gottex:
**Gottex is an Israel company founded by Lea and Armin Goutlieb, who fled
from Hungry during WWII.
**Gottex is the first swimwear brand to adopt Lycra blend fabrics! –
See you tomorrow!!