The Heart Truth Red Dress collection opened runways on February 9 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week fall/winter 2011. Ralph Lauren,Calvin Klein and Gwen Stefani Lamb all showed closing day February 17th . Vogue.com and Annenberg’s Style report highlight top trends on the scene:
Structure-Donna Karan channels film director Alfred Hitchcock with a glamorously empowering message of big screen heroines, featuring a structured but slightly sensual uniform for the working world. Drawing on the stricter fifties silhouette with straight skirts and curved belted jackets with softness at the neck, the color palette, moonstone, silver shadow and pearl, is resolutely pale.
Sheer Fabrics –Dare to show some skin in flirty sheer fabrics. Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs and Monique Lhuillier incorporate sheer patches for a peek-a-boo effect. Rodarte uses sheer fabrics over and under opaque fabrics for a layered look, while Carolina Herrera layers sheer upon sheer to giving her dramatic coats and dresses a translucent appearance.
Fur–Fur is definitely flying on the runways. Celebrating his 30th year in business, designer Michael Kors shows refined American sportswear with beautiful knitted fox jackets and long perfectly hanging tank dresses that feel easy and elegant. For night, dresses, blouses, and trousers awash in crystals. Designer Carolina Herrera is inspired by the real women who are going to wear her clothes. Best looks include a swaggering coat of garnet mink sheared to resemble silk velvet.
Luxe Metallics–Don’t be afraid to shine in metallic statement pieces. American designer Ralph Lauren signals far eastern inspiration featuring subtly shining fabrics including slipper satins, chiffon velvets and glossy kid leather. Little flames of light are discreetly provided by drop earrings and belt buckles of faux jade, coral and onyx in a collection that is dramatically black.
Bright Red Palettes–Bold red seems to be the “wow” color of choice this season. Monique Lhuillier showcases a gorgeous bright silk blouse as well as several red evening gowns, while Diane von Furstenberg shows a multi-textured piece Other designers favoring the ruby tone include BCBG Max Azria, Rodarte and Derek Lam.
Seventies Inspired Styles–Several designers revamp 70s styles, making them current. Marc by Marc Jacobs utilizes Studio 54-worthy fabrics including bold bronzes and funky stripes. Tommy Hilfiger showcases “bohemian prep” while Diane von Furstenberg features a trio of sequined evening sheaths inspired by the strength and panache of legendary female American muses and artists. For more about Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week fall 2011 visit mbfashionweek.com and the collections at Vogue.com
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