Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Spotlight on: New York Fashion Week 08

New York fashion week is always a bustling cornucopia of high meets low. And brands as diverse as Carolina Herrera and Miss Sixty offer up their wares for a thorough inspecton from fashion editors, celebrities and fashion bloggers. Standout collections so far include the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2008 show, which showcased elegantly tailored dresses that looked like they'd been ripped off a victorian heroine - very proper and elegant yet brought bang up to date with glittering embellishments.
The Halson show was the subject of major hype and expectations were therefore very high. The designs sent down the runway were simple and made up of clean lines and fluid silhouettes but I felt although the pieces admittedly reeked of luxury and a cosseted sensuality they could have been taken from a 'Sportsmax' show as the designs just lacked that extra something that would have tipped them into the fabulous category.
My favourite show so far would have to undoubtedly be the BCBG Maz Azria collecction - very pretty and understated. The focus on cinched in waists and short tulip shaped skirts was nothing new as fashion has been courting the Dita Von Teese look for months but the twist was that though sexy the designs retained a sense of comfort and wearability. They're the kind of outfits that you could wear to the office and expect to be taken seriously in while attracting some serious sideglances.

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