A day of evening gowns

Photo by Keystone Press

On one hand it’s hard to believe it’s the second to last day of NYFW. On the other, I feel like I’ve been here forever.

This morning I started off at the Tory Burch presentation. I thought this was a really young, fun collection for her. Urban luxe cargo jackets, paint splattered pants, and fringed high heel hiking boots gave it an uptown grunge (that’s probably an oxymoron) feel. While there were classically cut sequined cardigans and sharp red full leg pants for the more classic Tory Burch customer, Burch was clearly trying to hop on the youth bandwagon.

At Michael Kors, we saw luxe jet-setting clothes at their best. Which is the philosophy to which Kors has based his very successful label on. The colour palette was strictly gray and camel with a touch of black and dark brown. Luxurious fur vests, coats, hats with cozy but streamlined knits. There were even floor length trained knit skirts for the ultimate in easy evening wear. Peg legged suede pants felt like a really fresh alternative to the almost tired leather legging and with crumpled wool coats and pants, who needs to worry about ironing?! The models looked healthy and bronzed as usual, and what I love most about a Kors show is that they all looked like women!

Over on Park Avenue, Oscar de la Renta showed a bright and colourful collection with purple, burnt orange and Kelly green taking center stage. A welcome change after a week of all blacks and neutrals. De la Renta designs with his customer is mind, giving her the polished tweed/ wool skirt suits, luxe coats and of course, what I love most about Oscar is his dramatic eveningwear. Fiery haired Karen Elson modeled a gorgeous floral print asymmetrical gown and my personal fave was a champagne tulle, metallic ribbon embroidered number that screamed red carpet…or if you’re lucky enough to be in the market for a designer wedding dress, I love the idea of non-white bridal gowns.

A sexy pair of black pants with hip to ankle sheer fan motifs at the side looked like something front row guest, Jessica Biel might wear. As I walked out of the show I spotted the iconic Barbara Walters on her way to the 1pm preview.

Mr. De la Renta will be previewing his collection in Toronto at a special event in April.


It’s not hard to believe that Phillip Lim is a superstar among fashionphiles everywhere. But it is remarkable how quickly his label has grown as there were over 800 people in the tent today. In his show notes, Lim cites a young rebellious party girl who is also always unexpectedly polished in a classic way. And so there was a nice push and pull between “polished” pieces, like mohair skirts and trousers, beautiful wool camel coats, fur of course, and then electric purple sequins dresses, giraffe print leggings and biker vests for the party girl.

Reed Krakoff has been the über successful Creative Director at Coach for many years now. So when he announced he was launching a ready-to-wear label, all ears perked up in curiosity. This much anticipated show did not disappoint. With military influences and a clean sparse aesthetic these clothes felt fresh and current.

Key pieces: long leather trench coats, super wide leg pants in both leather and wool, and shearling jackets. Army green was the prominent colour along with taupe, beige, cream and blue. I was coveting the ankle length leather and suede skirts and a serious fur and leather combo vest. Surprisingly there was not a bag in sight, but the lace up military booties sure were cute.

And while Anna Sui just recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA but don’t think she’s hanging up her designer hat. The Sui label has long owned the boho rockstar look. Folky clashing prints, velvets, mix and match layers, shearling vests and crochet tuques. Everything a girl needs to go on the road with her groupies.