On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: Day 2

Jason Wu Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

rag & bone Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Peter Som Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Day two at New York fashion week and it’s a hectic one.

Started off my morning at Peter Som where his signature quirky prints decorated lolita like dresses. Texture came in the form of lilac and pink floral brocade and faux snake print. Sky high platform wedges and quirky sunglasses topped off the sweet looks.

It was a different story over at BCBG where minimalist silhouettes shone in a parade of neutral colours and silky fabrics. The little white dress made a repeat performance in nearly a dozen different versions. What I love about this line is that the clothes look expensive and fashion forward but at great price point.

Off to Rag & Bone were Marcus Wainright and David Neville took a bit of a departure from their preppy ways and combined futuristic touches like silver lame, nylon strap harnesses and buckles and graphic digi prints with old-school eyelet and knitting. Shots of bold colour kept the collection alive. My favourite pieces were the sheer, silky maxi skirts and the leather platformed shoes accented by red laces.

Wow, how quickly Jason Wu’s empire has grown, only a few years ago he was showing in small gallery spaces to an in-the-know audience. Now, nearly one thousand people took in this very womanly, sophisticated collection that also debut shoes and handbags. Wide leg high waisted pants, bow-neck blouses and body hugging shift dresses-Wu classics-were topped of with  turbans and quirky glasses.  While there was a stunner of a dress for every woman, one of my favourite exits-a killer smoking suit and three-dimensional nude floral bra combined Wu’s excellent tailoring skills with the whimsical accents he’s become known for. Apart from shoes and bags, Wu also introduced a new nail polish line, a gift one every seat, and a new muse – Miss. Wu, a wide-eyed owl who accented ready-to-wear and accessories.