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The inspiration: The Depression-era song “Happy Days Are Here Again” may not have been inspiration per se, but it certainly was a strong influence — though it was not the traditional peppy version that Marc Jacobs played as the models strutted the runway. It wasn’t Barbara Streisand’s ironic, slower-paced version — not even the “Glee” duets take. Instead, an hypnotic voice recited the lyrics over...Read more »
The inspiration: The now-infamous polar vortex must’ve been on the brain of Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa. His parade of plush wool and mohair dresses and coats is clearly designed to warm, of course, but also to comfort and soothe.
The vibe: Serene. This is, after all, a Calvin Klein show.
The lust-o-meter: The palette was fairly standard for this brand — primarily black and...Read more »
The inspiration: It wasn’t so much inspiration as news that fueled Ralph Lauren’s runway show. Make that shows, plural, as in two back-to-back, one of his luxe line (Ralph Lauren Collection), and the other his first-ever Polo diffusion line for women.
The vibe: Exciting, given that there's a whole new Ralph line and vision to check out. Debuts like that don’t come around very often.
The...Read more »
The inspiration: Given the old-timey jazz music, and the models’ plastered-down bobs, it seems clear that Anna Sui was preoccupied with the 1920s, whether in Hong Kong, Shanghai or even the Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles or San Francisco
The vibe: Eclectic, sassy, maybe even a little dangerous, with a mix of patterns that's busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy.
The...Read more »
The inspiration: In a word—Ireland. Clover Canyon's program notes featured a poem by William Butler Yeats (“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world / For I would ride with you upon the wind…”) and praised the greenest of greens, the country spires and the stouthearted spirit of the Irish. No wonder the line is called Celtic Enchantment.
The vibe: Electric. This...Read more »
The inspiration: “Dark romance … a hint of mystery … easy allure.” These were the succinct phrases Vera Wang used in her program notes to describe her new collection. We might also add “girlish goth” to the mix.
The vibe: Dark and mysterious. Wang offered a collection for the gal who likes to speak her mind — we loved the scarab sweater with the message "U bug me" — yet still flaunt her feminine...Read more »
The inspiration: Narciso Rodriguez seems interested in volume this season — but not huge, bulbous amounts of it, the likes of which we saw a few seasons back from other designers and which had regular shoppers scratching their heads. (How are those of us weighing in at, um, more than 100 pounds actually supposed to wear that?) This volume is different — it’s just the slightest amount of fullness,...Read more »
The inspiration: New co-designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier -- who are the first NOT-Marc-himself creatives to helm the brand (he still oversees, but handed them the reins last year) -- clearly had moto-cross, BMX racing and X Games glory on the brain.
The vibe: Tough. Gutsy. Playful. Energetic. The line is supercharged with color, sporty separates and we-mean-business chunky footwear...Read more »
The inspiration: Girlie girls, and the charity luncheons or red carpet events to which they get invited.
The vibe: Serene glamour, whether you’re drawn to the iridescent feathered tops, or the trophy-like gold beaded column dresses.
The lust-o-meter: High for the “frosty pink” wool coat with brown leather belt that resembles a split-rail fence. Higher for a cardigan embroidered over...Read more »