The spring collections—which are presented in New York City right after Labor Day—tend to sneak up on us, when we're all trying to get back in the swing of things at the end of summer. I always look forward to seeing what the other fashion editors and buyers are wearing to the shows. Many try out their new fall outfits in 85 degree heat: The fur is flying, the leather is out, the cashmere and wool outfits all make their first appearance in hopes of being photographed. I love it!
I also love to see which celebrities and socialites make it to the shows—they bring a lot of round-the-world press for the designers and that's terrific, especially for someone just starting out.
So the logistics: Fashion Week used to be one week, but now it's expanded to almost two full weeks of up to 15 shows a day, mini-showings, showroom appointments, and after-parties. It can be fun, but I know that I'm really there to see what's happening on the runways in order to report back to our readers. And that's what I'm going to do here. Not only do I plan to let you know what the overall trends are for Spring 2010, but more important, I will share with you which trends you should look out for, how to adapt them to your lifestyle, and which ones to ignore (because some are so ridiculous it's crazy!). Some of the shows I am looking forward to this season include:
L'Wren Scott This American designer bases herself out of Europe and comes to New York to show her collection. Fifty editors are selected to attend, and the presentation, held in a top art gallery, is always elegant and very chic. It doesn't hurt that a smattering of very fabulous notables tends to show up: Christy Turlington, Ellen Barkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, the artists Rachel and John Currin, and Sarah Jessica Parker have made appearances to this show. (Sex and the City Part 2 just started filming here in the city, and since fashion plays such an important role in this series, I wonder if SJP and the rest of the women will be at many of this year's events?)
Elie Tahari Well priced , well made, very stylish: A woman will never look out of place wearing Tahari. I also think it's fun to see his wife Rory, who is the Creative director of the collection, and his muse.
Anya Hindmarch The accessories designer comes from London at least twice a year to present new handbags and shoes. The bags are gorgeous and wearable, and I think a terrific investment. Anya knows that if a woman is going to spend a large sum of money on a bag it should not only look great, but last for many years.
Prabal Gurung His first collection got rave reviews and was photographed on celebrities including Demi Moore, so I'm eager to see what this young designer will show next. Prabal was the design assistant at Bill Blass when they showed a pink taffeta dress Oprah wore on the May 2006 cover (shown at right). She also wore it for the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership academy in South Africa. Plus:
Tory Burch for style and wearability
Oscar De la Renta for beauty that is inspirational
Donna Karan for clothes that love women's bodies
Calvin Klein for fabrics and shapes
Ralph Lauren for the chance to visit another time and place
Reading over the list, I'm realizing there are so many more designers to chat about... I look forward to sharing it all with you. Stay tuned!