City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

Gearing up for fall 2009 fashion week, designers gave a taste of what they’ll be showing on the runways at Bryant Park in a couple of weeks. So far, you can anticipate several trends common among designers including a re-emergence of fur as seen from Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Not too many fall florals or muted earth tones for the September months this year – instead, designers like Burberry Prorsum, Alberta Feretti and Chanel are going back to basics with blacks and charcoals. Although this classic palette never goes out of style, for fall 2009, it’s particularly en vogue.

As for the sneak peak of some collections to keep an eye on at fashion week, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin didn’t hold anything back in his hard-edge collection spiked with a Victorian twist and softened with feminine details. Black tulle skirts were paired with hardware-detailed boxed jackets and long A-line wool coats and draped suiting pieces added a bit of mystery to the everyday look. Heirloom necklaces were pieced together with a do-it-yourself kind of air, making something dark and beautiful out of last season’s pieces – very recession chic. For eveningwear, a sea-foam green sequined cinched shift dress became an ode to the Gatsby days. But, Elbaz’s Daisy Buchanan isn’t so innocent – black leather gloves inching past the elbows let’s you know she’s not one to mess with.

Another stand out collection was Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s Proenza Schouler. A collection that speaks urban chic, the designers wanted to give their customer something she could stomp the sidewalks of NYC in. The essence of cool, the Proenza Schouler girl will have more than the lunch-break-construction-workers’ following gazes. From sequined minis to jersey blazers, the collection is definitely grounded in NYC with its charcoal pavement palette.

From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the Bryant Park tents will be worth trying to sneak into – good luck!

Originally published February 2009
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