City Pulse

By Kiki Von Glinow

In its farewell season at Bryant Park, New York Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2010 collections became the perfect send-off for this venue that has become synonymous with fashion over the past 18 years. Fortunately, this season’s collections had us too overcome with emotions, from awe to envy, to get too nostalgic.

This fall, your fingertips won’t be able to escape one of the major trends: texture. From furs to leathers to loose knits and feathers they showed them all – and often in the same look. Show-goers at Nanette Lepore and Altuzarra left dreaming of velvet. Lepore’s finale pieces consisted of a variety of full-length loosely draped, sleeveless velvet dresses in rich mossy greens, vibrant rust siennas and delicious saturated raspberries. And, from a look of whimsy to a tailored bondage-esque aesthetic at Altuzarra, the pant-suit was revived in velvet with cigarette trousers and oversized, plunging neckline blazers in deathly and daring blood reds.

Two-Piece Suit
But, the suits didn’t stop at Altuzarra. A surprising number of designers traded traditionally shown feminine frocks for the classically minimalist yet modernly sleek two-piece suit – with the current job market, they know we’ve all got our planners chock-full of job interviews. At the Behnaz Sarafpour presentation, the suit took on several transformations from a classic black cigarette pant and a strong-shouldered blazer to a pleated goucho pant with a belted, fitted-wool jacket to an entire mismatched-wool suit with a loose, wrapped blazer. As always at Behanaz, the progression was flawless and extremely wearable. Twinkle by Wenlan also hopped on this trend with a an olive green, raw silk suit with a military/cargo style jacket and super skinny pant.

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Bright Colors
And, just as important as the silhouettes and textures that were taking over the runways were the bevy of colors that gave the ultimate ‘wow-factor’ under the bright lights. At Marc by Marc Jacos colors were definitely on his horizon with a wrap-belted wool coat in color-blocked thick stripes of royal blues, candy apple reds, lime greens and camel creams. Charlotte Ronson also gave her audience a taste of the rainbow with full-length, button-front frocks in tangerine and loose, pleated silk, magenta swing pants.

Originally published March 2010
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