Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: The Jay Godfrey Live Report Day 6
Fashion Week 2011 Wrap-Up
So, this is the last day of NY Fashion Week and overall, I think it was a pretty solid week for American fashion.
Ralph Lauren & Jeffrey Monteiro Collections Impress
It is a ritual for Ralph Lauren to show on the last day, and this year was no exception. I have always looked up to Ralph because he, more than any other global brand with the sole exception of Señor Armani, is a complete lifestyle. You know something is Ralph Lauren the second you look at it—and that’s something very few designers have ever accomplished at 1 price point, never mind at 20+ price points. For fall 2011, Ralph clearly has his sights set on China, and his inspiration, silhouettes, and fabrics showed this. The strongest looks amongst a stellar collection were a blood-red peekaboo-shoulder velvet gown and a dragon-motif brocade smoking jacket, which I am sure will be both commercial and editorial hits.
Jeffrey Monteiro mined the Bill Blass archives with his second collection for the re-emerging house. I am a huge fan of the original Bill Blass, so I was hoping that Monteiro would be able to live up to the legacy. For the most part, I would say that he succeeded! The show location, Monkey Bar, seemed odd and cramped and is a disservice to a lengendary 7th Avenue icon. With this said, some of the clothes were simple, luxurious, and smart. The long-sleeved red jersey gown with knotted side cutouts could be worn by women across a broad age spectrum.
L’Wren Scott Leaps Forward at Fashion Week
Finally, stylist-turned-designer L’Wren Scott is proving to the world that she’s really more than Mick Jagger’s girl. Scott took a giant leap forward this season by experimenting with different fabrications and prints, and the results were awesome. Aside from the sexy JFL’d hair and the black, slut eye makeup, Scott’s strongest pieces were her signature long and lean cocktail dresses. There were also a couple great looks that ombré’d from navy to ivory and were executed beautifully!
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