Friday, February 1st:
What a strong way to kick off fashion week! Douglas knows his clients – ladies who love to look elegant yet of-the-moment, and caters to their needs with exacting precision. He presented some interesting suits, dresses with fitted bodices, and ones that flowed down to the ground. Our favorite? If we have to choose just one, it would definitely be this lovely lime green show stopper dress. If you want to duplicate this look, try the Norma Kamali Kelly Green Jersey One Shoulder Dress for $177 at Bluefly.com. Thanks to the knit stretch, it maintains the same silky fluidity and playful nature of the Hannant prototype. If you want to go for the real deal -- satin instead of jersey, try the Nicole Miller Celadon Satin Cowlneck Halter Dress, $189.99, also Bluefly.com (search "2024744").
Saturday, February 2nd:
These Aussies sure know how to remind us what fashion is all about: fun! Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clark, the designers behind the label Sass & Bide, strove to create "a mood of over-the-top reflective mayhem". The collection can best be summed up as: a little bit harlequin, a little bit Rainbow Brite, a lot of color! The duo's signature sequins and sparkles remained, this time breaking out of their usual metallic mold by incorporating bursts of rainbow colors with black or cream, in a variety of geometric patterns. One of our favorite pieces was this black and gold metallic shift dress that evoked a whimsical, yet sharp look. Guess what we found? Yep, you guessed it: a similar version of what we saw on the runway, made available at a price point that you'll love. Karta Short Sleeve Metallic Mini Dress, $132 at Shopbop.com, embodies the metallic and geometric themes found in Sass & Bide's collection this season.
Sunday, February 3rd:
Inspired by the upcoming political excitement, Tuleh designer Bryan Bradley sited Barack Obama as his inspiration for the collection. Although we don't quite see Mr. Obama donning any of these looks anytime soon, it still made for an edgy, interesting collection. Rather, Bradley must have had the future First Lady in mind with his suits, chiffon dresses, elegant coats, and vibrant colors. We want this cream coat, and searched high and low for something similar. What we came up is this Cashmere Blend Walker in ivory for $89.99 at JC Penney. We think it's a pretty close match!
Monday, February 4th:
We saw a very clean, luxurious collection this season presented by Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani. Inspired by the mythology of Gaelic tales, the collection floated down the runway to a soundtrack that invoked the theme of a storied Scottish history. Knits reigned supreme as the winners of the runway, and we particularly loved the sweater dresses. The standout piece for us was definitely the Ross Cable Sweater Dress. Get the look now with this Twinkle by Wenlan 'Sentimental' Sweater Dress for $189.90 at Nordstrom. We love that the cable knit texture found in this dress matches our runway version.
Tuesday February 5th:
We love, love, loved the cuts and prints for all of the beautiful dresses that cascaded down the runway. In fact, we would pretty much take them all! Amy Smilovic brought forth color, prints, impeccable cuts, and more to a fashion-loving crowd at the early hour of 9am. From floor-length gowns to babydoll dresses, tailored, high-waisted pants to suit and jacket combos, we applaud it all. So many of the looks translate into affordable options, with our favorite being this long brown printed dress. We decided to capture the essence of a fun print, which lead us to this Johnny Martin Printed Lantern-Sleeve Dress, $19.20 at Macy's (search "Johnny Martin Printed Lantern-Sleeve Dress").
Stay tuned for more Fashion Week fall/winter 2008 reports as we continue to check out the shows!
-- Julia DiNardo