THE NEW YORK Fall 2010 collections roared into Gotham last month with plenty of choices and excitement for the Fashion Accessories Industry. Color was brilliant. Luxe and Bohemia ruled the day. Romantic sweetness wasn’t left behind, and classic elegance was at a high point. What more can we say? This was fabulous!
–But don’t think of the Big Shows as Fall-limited. Believe me, manufacturers are already onto the designs and trends found in these collections, hoping to get them to the public with alacrity.
So…let’s go street-walking in the Big Apple and see what’s really happening now. It’s well worth the trip! Here’s what a handful of top designers showed and said:
RALPH LAUREN offered marvelous Bohemian and Edwardian styles with no small amount of romanticism and fantasy attached. Dresses were flowered, beaded jewelry was exquisite, even Russian-inspired. But what revved up so many of his great designs this season were fingerless, long lacey black gloves. What a great look!
Lauren used Byzantine prints like the master he is, and added plenty of casual, unexpected flair in the form of chunky sweaters, fur toppers and pinstriped suits. Black embroideries and black prints added depth, drama and — surprise! — no small amount of grunge.
LACE GLOVES AND FEMININE JEWELRY ADD UP TO A WONDERFULLY ROMANTIC FALL. HERE ARE SOME TERRIFIC DESIGNS TO CHOOSE FOR YOUR OWN COLLECTION:
- Floral patterned lace bridal gloves – just right for any dress-up.
- Spectacular butterfly cuff bracelets with large acrylic stones.
Movement and Swing
PERHAPS THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT of Lauren’s collection was its movement. Everything seemed to flow and swing and move with easy speed. Earrings were often long, skinny strips of dark beads. Sexy, thin thread-fringe was apparent in clothing and jewelry. Belts were plentiful, often dropped, and worn somewhat loosely.
–Chandelier earrings with no small amount of red colored beads were delightful, matched to black and red Eastern European styled chokers
FRANCISCO COSTA FOR CALVIN KLEIN: Well, there was little for Fashion Accessories retailers to delight in here, yet the Collection is more than worth mentioning simply because of its exquisite lines and beauty. And, because Costa is unquestionably a first-class design guru.
This season, the designer put forth a strictly minimalist collection, much of it with a 1970s élan, unfettered and unembellished. White and black was the color signal, all very stark and straight-lined. Even the models’ hairdos were in tune with the tight, almost rigid simplicity, with blond tresses pulled back tight into cut-off boy-dos. What earrings could do for this!
–Costa added an interesting amount of leather to his collection, often in the form of tight pants — an edgy, sophisticated touch.
ANNA SUI: You have to adore this look to deal with it, great, but often over-the-top. Sui went for what she called a stain-glass rendering of a Woodstock landscape, filled with nature colors, nature prints and forms, log-cabin-inspired designs, and fru-fru ruffles and embroideries. Orange was the predominant color, along with multiple shades of green, all somewhat Icelandic in feeling.
Warm caps led Sui’s accessories, along with furry boots, and long, heavy, wild-looking primitive beaded necklaces. Belts were strong here, too. Metallics and shiny materials were spaced out, comfortably, through the collection. If you go for frontier fashion, this was all just made for you!
CAPS AND HATS ARE ALL OVER THE FASHION STAGE THIS YEAR. HERE ARE SOME GREAT VALUES FOR YOU TO CONSIDER:
- Knit aviator hat with fleece lining.
- Knit visor beanie in newest design. Choose your colors.
Rock and Steel
ISAAC MIZRAHI: “Manhattan is made of rock,” declared the super-designer of his newest Collection, described by one fashion publication as “Mizrahi’s Manhattan mania.”
This was a fabulously embellished design collection, featuring plenty of sparkly embellishments, sequins and gemstones, plenty of down-town glam-vibes, and even dizzying design references to the City’s incredible skyline.
–Mizrahi’s collection took strong inspiration from the recent “Art of the Samurai” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was expressed in dramatic crystal work and even bejeweled toggle closures. Classic exotica!