On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: Day 6

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Rodarte Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Rodarte Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Vera Wang Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Vera Wang Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

September 14th was by far the craziest jam packed day of this fashion week. I started with Tom Ford, ended with Narciso and had a lineup of other shows in between.

While I didn’t get to the super exclusive presentation Sunday, I was fortunate enough to have an up close look at the showroom. By now we all know that various women, many mused to Tom, wore the looks at the presentation. From Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Daria, Chanel Iman, Amber Valletta. Daphne Guiness, Rita Wilson and Liu Wen to name a few. As a looked at each outfit I could picture each woman in them. I’m not allowed to give away too much – pictures will only be revealed in December. But you can expect incredible suits, breathtaking dresses and accessories that made me weep.

At Vera Wang, the show notes credited the inspiration to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movie. I was waiting for a yellow jumpsuit, but instead gorgeous Eastern inspired obi dresses, kimono floral prints, origami inspired pleats, and rope belts took the spotlight. All interpreted in classic Wang with draped, sheer layers.

It was a race over to Chelsea to check out Rodarte. Kanye West made a rare appearance. And on the runway the Mulleavy sisters showed their signature layering and mix and match prints. Brown plaids, wood panel printed leather, hammered gold. It was a bit 70’s and a bit gladiator at the same time. The silhouettes felt less willowy and more structured.

Ok, race back to the Lincoln Centre – by now I’m feeling like a ping pong ball. Stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, I barely made it in time to see the Herve Leger collection. I lost my seat, but had a plum view by the photographers pit. I loved what the Azria’s did with the line this season – a gorgeous evolution from band dresses to super chic French inspired pieces. It was a parade of blush, vanilla and cream. Laser cut leather, tromp d’oil lace and sexy corseting made me want one of everything.

After that I was back in Chelsea at the uber cool hot spot Soho House for Mulberry. At the roof top patio, were gorgeous paper flowers were floating in the pool and waiters were serving individual cakes and pink sparkly drinks. Exactly what I needed after such a crazy day! All the models sported banged red headed wigs. With a nod to Grey Gardens on the soundtrack, the mostly blush and pink looks had a 60’s vibe. Swing skirted trench coats, skirts suits, novelty prints – one a multi coloured zebra. The other a whimsical bunny.

From there it was a mad dash to the New York Armoury to see the Marc by Marc Jacobs line. After Monday’s big production, this show is always far more relaxed. Jacobs continued his 70’s infatuation with bold striped max dresses, jumpsuits, safari jackets and wedged sneaker shoes.

My day ended back at Lincoln Centre were Narciso Rodriguez was apparently inspired by pictures of Kate Moss and Carolyn Besset Kennedy. So of course, that translated to perfectly modern, minimalist clothes. Charcoal, ash, and blush dresses and skirts featured the now popular mid calf hem.