Monday, April 27, 2009

The New York Fashion Week 2009

The New York Fashion Week 2009
For Spring 2009, Nanette Lepore delivered a collection that radiated sultry femininity with hints of mischievous romance. Capturing the carefree essence of spring was the "anything goes" vibe exuded by each look where there are no restrictions when it comes to mixing patterns, shapes, textures, silhouettes, style, and so on. Ethereal silk dresses with cropped leather coats, sleek stripes paired with flirty florals, statements frocks with statement jewelry and super statement shoes- you get the point. Never one to stray too far from her ultra-femme aesthetic, we saw ruffles galore, lush garden florals, cinched waists, and loads of vibrant colors that can€™t help but make you embrace your inner girly girl.

Until the big overview released usually in Jan/February here are some of the spring 2009 trends highlighted at New York Fashion Week. All-over frills and ruffles is still a big trend but what got my attention were these amazing sinuous tiered ruffles that call to mind exotic sea creatures. Sheer fabrics and sheer+opaque fabric combinations are a strong look for spring 2009. Take a look at these innovative collages, especially the ribbon embroidery on tulle (I think) at Alexander Wang. Although I feel that the only wearable piece here is the white bolero from Ralph Rucci. Spring 2009 alternatives to classic lace: laser cut patterns and broderie anglaise. I think I've seen this few seasons ago: body-conscious bondage dresses. Rodarte gives the trend a romantic punk twist, if I can say so.

The zipper is a modern fashion-statement, both functional and decorative; metallic zippers on black/white fabrics have a bigger visual impact. There were a lot of floral prints (roses), ethnic patterns and abstract illustrations; I loved these vibrant Op-art prints. One of the prettiest trends at New York Fashion Week: butterflies in prints, embroidery and appliqué.

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