Send in the Gowns

 Badgley Mischka started their show with Oscar worthy gowns we are used to and blended in short cocktails and work style pieces that I simply cannot wait to wear. Looking forward rather than glancing furtively and fearfully behind, they sent out a Fall Collection in every sense of the word. Sequins, gems, sparkle and glam. Bring it on.

Christian Cota, showing much more maturity as a designer with his use of creativity in color has a Show of depth and diversity. He says he created his color palate in his bathtub using fabric and dyes. The  bold and exciting results were carried through several pieces. All were shown with black stockings and 60’s wigs that only slightly detracted from the effect.

Derek Lam designed a collection of geometric shape and texture employing leather and warm colors of the South West. This was carried out in use of small Stetson type hats and boots. There were even furs to remind us that Fall and Winter are cold but they don’t have to be boring. I loved the layered colors and textures.

One of my favorite designers, Dennis Basso has again created a collection of astounding beauty. One imagines that despite the frigid temperatures and falling snow, PETA must have been thickly lined up outside the venue, picket signs in hand. This show was full of furs. Chinchillas, minks, foxes, if it looked rich and warm, he put it in, even if it was part of a gown. And his gowns seem to know just how to enhance a woman’s body. As I have said before, I would like to own just one incredibly beautiful piece of Dennis Basso’s collection in my life.

 Mulberry always has something out of the ordinary going on, like carousel horses or hall of mirrors. The one thing we can usually count on is color. Lots of it. Maybe it was the emphasis on animal print or maybe someone’s pooch needed a quick walk.  At least Mulberry knows you can look fabulous walking the dog in the park.

There seemed to be some hype surrounding the Narciso Rodriguez Fall Collection Show. Rocker Jeff Beck lent the element of Rock Star to the event but the designer who is comfortable on the Red Carpet steered to his inner blacks and shadows. The odd footstool hats actually helped to lighten the mood of an otherwise serious collection. I particularly loved the blend of color in the rust satin dress, but there was no mistaking the feeling of bondage in the asymmetrical strapping to many pieces. This was all about bold drama.

Vera Wang has finally given us the kind of collection I have pictured in my mind since she began designing for the Runway. In her own words, she went minimal and simplistic this year to reflect the concerned trend for economy. Personally I see nothing minimal or conserved in this collection but I do see Vera with an eclectic mix of Victorian, Gothic, Urban and Girly. All of this says Vera Wang to me. 

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