Spring/summer was in full bloom in New York yesterday as designers like Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez unveiled a bevy of pretty floral prints. Known for her frothy wedding dresses, Vera Wang’s own personal style is infinitely more rock chick - an element that was evident in the way she toughened up ladylike blouses and pencil skirts with platform ankle boots. Still, the look was very feminine, from the gauzy chiffon frocks (to be seen on a red carpet near you!) to the bouffant beehives that were reminiscent of Prada’s autumn/winter 2010/11 show.
Meanwhile, Narciso Rodriguez declared the slip-dress, the cornerstone of Nineties party wear, to be back in fashion. The designer, loved by the likes of Rachel Weisz and Sarah Jessica Parker (who was at the show), unveiled the spaghetti-strap numbers in virtually every colour, from silky champagne to bright red. Think Kate Moss in the Johnny Depp era and you’ve nailed the look.
In contrast to the simplistic slips were Max Azria’s structured gowns for Herve Lerger, which came complete with looped ruffles and latticed corsets. Equally girly but certainly more statement-making, these dresses are bound to be a hit with the fashion house’s celebrity fans, including Gossip Girls Blake Lively and Jessica Szohr (who was front row, centre), Sophia Bush and Ashley Simpson. Even the ubiquitous bandage dress got a girly makeover with the addition of lace and net overlays.
Finally, one of our favourite New York designers, Amy Smilovic, paraded a series of ultra-wearable pieces for her Tibi, including the flowing maxi-dress (yes, it lives on!), Fifties-style printed swimming costumes and several ruffled toppers (including a fab one in orange) that will serve as the perfect transitional garments.
Stay tuned for more from New York tomorrow, including these hot tickets: Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Milly and Anna Sui.
By Maria Milano