Fashion Week: Rodarte, Vera Wang, Bebe, Marc by Marc Jacobs
More runway show reviews from the Associated Press. New York Fashion Week winds down on Thursday.
The bittersweet drama that played out on the Rodarte runway reminded fashion insiders why Kate and Laura Mulleavy have become such a big deal in such a short time.
The theme of their collection was the hazy state of consciousness that comes between sleep and being awake. Lovely, lace-draped dresses in a light, almost dusty palette captured the feeling of vintage lingerie and wallpaper prints, but there was something weighing on them, too — a seriousness, a respect.
The chunky knits, sometimes with yarn fringe, were just on the right side of looking well loved and worn in, yet luxurious in a way that a designer collection demands.
The layers that have been so popular at New York Fashion Week were certainly on this catwalk in a Chelsea artist space, but the Mulleavys had a lighter touch because of their airy fabrics and loose-weave knits.
“The draped dresses in gauze and lace were spectacular,” said Ikram Goldman, the Chicago retailer who advises first lady Michelle Obama on her wardrobe. “The way they were manipulated and draped to perfection on the body. … They were beautiful. They were perfect.”
Black — at least the way Vera Wang does it — can be light.
Wang debuted her fall collection for the editors, stylists and retailers who have gotten quite used to seeing black over the past few days, but made them seem new.
The show’s title was “The Bride Wore Black,” but Wang said in her notes she was drawn to the color (or non-color, as it may be) because it’s “a contemporary metaphor for youth, romance and sophistication ringed ever so slightly with a sense of mystery.”
She opened with a menswear-style black jacket, turned feminine with oversized organza corsages on the lapel. That set the tone for the yin-and-yang vibe of most of the outfits: a featherweight faille bolero with rosettes was paired with a wool-knit jumpsuit with a tuxedo stripe down the side, for example, and a tightly tailored Nehru jacket had sexy sheer sleeves.
Without the paparazzi in sight — and just a few fashion photographers perched at the end of a black wooden runway — Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen presented their collection The Row to a small group of fashion insiders.
The small show, held far away from the Bryant Park tents, seemed an indication they wanted the headlines to be about the clothes, a strategy employed by fellow camera-magnet Victoria Beckham earlier this week. The Olsens appeared only briefly at the end to take a very quick bow in front of Carey Mulligan, Chloe Sevigny, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and her French Vogue counterpart, Carine Roitfeld.
The clothes were indeed quite serious — and sophisticated. The first model wore a simple black wrap coat that was belted and black trousers with flat gladiator sandals. Most of the collection was black, which has been the norm on many catwalks at New York Fashion Week.
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