Fashion Week: Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi
More from the Associated Press. This is probably the last of the Fashion Week fall 2010 reviews. That means we can start concentrating on spring clothes and trends.
Nostalgia had its place at the Tommy Hilfiger runway show that closed Fashion Week, but the main message was about looking forward.
He imagined, he said, a woman who was a “rosy-cheeked coed turned successful entrepreneur,” and the man who needs a wardrobe for town and country.
Women wore chunky, ribbed sweaters with exaggerated turtlenecks and schoolgirl skirts trimmed in leather, and sleeveless trenchcoats over skinny tailored pants. Men alternated between suit pieces and collegiate sweaters. It’s was Hilfiger’s “preppy heritage from 1985 for a dynamic new decade.”
Surely some items that will be buzzed about moving forward were the thigh-high, high-heel duck boots, and the cashmere smoke rings around the neck — sort of the evolution of the winter scarf — for men and women.
Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa wasn’t going to let the fashion crowd move on to Europe without putting his two cents in. As always, Costa showed a very modern collection, focusing on textures and structure, yet, while the rounded shoulders and occasional flash of metallic gave the impression of being fashion forward, there was a whiff of conservativeness to the clothes.
And maybe that’s fashion’s future.
“The times demand a more elegant presence,” said InStyle fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary, who noted the knee-length and lower hemlines at Klein — as well as at Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors.
Coats and dresses with exaggerated draping — inspired by the calla lily, Costa explained — looked sophisticated and stylish on the models. But more shapely silhouettes, such as black drop-waist dress with a cashmere skirt, and a series of shift dresses with vertical pintucking, could be more wearable long-term stars.
You know the look: It’s pretty, it’s elegant, it’s all-American. The label has got to be Ralph Lauren.
The fall collection captured in 50 outfits a hit parade of Lauren’s signature styles. The fashion A-listers who make their way to a remote downtown studio every season saw menswear-inspired suit pieces; delicate, simple gowns; beautiful knits; and nods to the country-club life so familiar to wearers of Lauren’s collections.
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