The September shows are such a tease. Just as the weather is starting to go downhill, slowly descending into the icy depths of winter, designers trot out their spring collections, showing clothes made for weather that won't be seen for at least six months. Sigh.
The New York shows wrapped last week, and at least we have lots of gorgeous clothes to look forward to wearing when spring finally returns. The New York shows were dominated by a dizzying array of prints (floral! geometric! tribal!), an optimistic rainbow of bright colors (yellow! pink! cobalt!), a continued obsession with color blocking, and plenty of pristine white.
As always, there were some particularly standout collections. My top five New York shows for Spring 2012 are (click the links for full reviews and images):
1/ The Row
2/ Ralph Lauren
Ok, ok, I know that's more than five - there were just a few too many excellent collections for me to limit myself to five. I also have some honorable mentions:
1/ Jason Wu
For Spring 2012, Jason Wu explored his "edgy" side. For a designer who usually sends out a parade of lady-like cocktail dresses, blouses, suits and gowns, the booty shorts and leather were a departure. But don't be fooled - everything is still beautiful enough for the red carpet swans and society doyennes (not to mention First Lady Michelle Obama) who have sky-rocketed Wu into the upper echelons of fashion. The edginess is in the inspiration. Wu collaborated on the petal print seen throughout the collection with KAWS, a graffiti artist who came to fame in the '90s for tagging bus-shelter ads of Kate Moss.
2/ Michael Kors
The Michael Kors show made a great case for moving to the desert and living as a nomad. Moth eaten sweaters, sun soaked colors, animal prints, feathers - the clothes this season have a fresher, cooler vibe than some of Kors' pervious uber luxe (still fabulous) collections. And seriously, those over the shoulder belts are amazing.
3/ Reed Krakoff
4/ Chris Benz
5/ Vera Wang
6/ Rachel Zoe