Monday, February 16, 2009
NYC Fashion Week: Day 4
If you're joining the Style Therapist for the first time, I'm taking it back to the 1990 with Blaine Edwards and Antoine Merriweather for Fashion Week. A Zorro Snap in a Z Formation is my opinion in the affirmative and Hated It is a thumbs down.
CAROLINA HERRERA (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: Herrera knows her customer well. She's a refined lady, just like the designer. I think the belly-baring, whale-tail showing tarts walking the streets these days could take a page from CH's book. Love the rich textiles throughout the show.
Hated It: It seems as though several designers this week were inspired by the Snuggie. If you don't have the frame to handle look 17, leave it alone. It will gulp you up.
ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: It's no secret that Zero + Maria Cornejo is loved unconditionally here at Style Therapy. Controlled volume, marvelous architectural silhouettes, and structured pieces that are not weighed down or too rigid.
Hated It: Que pasa con el random dude in look 25?
CARLOS MIELE (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: I've made it abundantly clear that I go bananas over traditional, ladylike pieces juxtaposed with chic and modern menswear inspired elements. Miele has captured this aesthetic with great balance.
Hated It: The guitar solo in the middle of the runway was probably more effective in person. In pictures, eh. He's distracting and ill-placed.
JILL STUART (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: Stuart captures the essence of the young, fun, and girly without being nauseatingly saccharine or costumey. A number of the looks (16, 28, 33) could easily transfer over to a more mature and sophisticated closet.
Hated It: I still think it's possible to do young and femining without the little girl element (look 25).
TRACY REESE (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: Reese is another designer who's able to capture the essence of the young, ultra-feminine woman without getting too frothy about it.
Hated It: I'm going to pass on looks 5 and 8. It seems a little misplaced and reminds me of one of my party outfits back in 2001 during my experimental Sex and the City phase.
DONNA KARAN (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: Donna Karan rarely disappoints. She's operating on a "design for yourself" frequency. She's a busy, successful, working woman who has conceived her lines in this vein since her days at Anne Klein.
Hated It: I'm going to pass on the fur sleeves throughout the show. It's all or nothing...although...for Style Therapy purposes of wardrobe efficiency, if the fur sleeves double as leg warmers they may get an endorsement.
DKNY (view the show)
Zorro Snap in Z Formation: The Style Therapist is not the most ardent supporter of the color red. As a pop color. Yeah, sure. Fine. But it plays out beautifully in this collection as the common denominator. The diffusion, "little sister" line to Donna Karan's signature collection appears to have matured and become a contemporary of her sister.
Hated It: Be careful of exaggeratedly oversized cardigans like the one in look 32. It's not hiding anything, it only creates the illusion of more body mass. Those thick horizontal stripes don't help either.