With the awards season gearing up to its biggest night of all – the Oscars – all the stars are surely on the lookout for that truly special gown with the WOW factor. Thankfully, they now have a few more collections to choose from as celebrity favourites Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier took to the catwalks at New York Fashion Week.
Monique Lhuillier’s line-up, paraded before a star-studded front row that included Julia Stiles, was ultra-glam. Thandie Newton stole the show at the BAFTAs in Lhuillier’s fuchsia printed ballgown on Sunday night. The actress, who revealed that the designer was a new but much-loved discovery, is sure to have her pick from the latest collection, which profiled floor-sweepers adorned with hundreds of flower appliqués and girly bow belts. Simply stunning!
Likewise Herrera, who is Renee Zellweger’s go-to designer for the red carpet and who recently dressed January Jones for the SAG Awards, unveiled a typically chic range of gowns, including one floor-length chiffon number modelled on her ultimate wardrobe staple, the button down shirt. The deep plum number was cinched tightly at the waist and boasted a thigh-high slit for a flash of sexiness.
But it wasn’t all about the eveningwear in New York yesterday. Marc Jacobs issued the perfect collection of elegant daywear, featuring polka-dotted, curve-hugging pencil dresses that harked of the Forties, complete with Victorian ruff collars and voluminous sleeves set off by neat little pill-box berets (by milliner Stephen Jones) and wrist-length gloves. His jewel-coloured palette was typically lush but a far cry from the disco fiesta of last season.
Today we’re looking forward to seeing Tibi, one of our favourite designers, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s darling designer, Narciso Rodriguez, hitting the runway.
By Maria Milano