Friday, September 25, 2009

Some Bits of Runway Awesomeness That I Missed

Since today's a bit of a slow day on, I thought I'd post a few of the runway looks that didn't make it into the round-ups but that I couldn't bear to leave totally unmentioned.

Jonathan Saunders, Louise Gray, Marc by Marc Jacobs: The girls are Jonathan Saunders were meant to look like beautiful vampires. Not quite sure how the intensely-gelled, stringy hair factors into that, but I'm very sure that I want this little color-blocked shift. The subtle pastel color palette is soft and versatile, but interesting and a little geometric. I love how the blue block makes up the entire sleeve, and the diagonal line across the front is both slimming and emphasizes the curve of the hip. It's a lovely, soft take on that strong, geometric trend. The childish ikat print on this Louise Gray dress is so fun, and it contrasts nicely with the simple lines of the dress. And then you get to the blue trim at the cutaway hem, which ties nicely into the print-mixing trend, and adds a bit of sass and spontaneity. I love sweater dresses. They're equal parts comfy and sexy. The boat-neck on this dress adds a bit of refinement, and the 3/4 length sleeves and mini-length balance out the slightly baggy fit. Those yellow insets are really what make this dress. They liven up the navy, play on the '80s trend, and are extremely flattering because they trick the eye into thinking that your waist is as narrow as that navy strip. And pockets are always a plus.

Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marchesa: The Proenza Schouler dress shouldn't work at all. I mean, it's a neon tie-dye tank dress. Somehow the craziness of that print is perfectly balanced by the simplicity of the silhouette, and the layers and trim at the hem add a bit of flair and movement. And again, those shoes! The multi-textural dresses at Phillip Lim had a bit of a Joan of Arc vibe to me, with the heaviness of the intense beading (it almost looked like chain-mail) against the baroque richness of that satin. The pleating on the skirt is a little Grecian, and the sheerness on the bodice is very on-trend, as is the asymmetrical detail on the skirt. I heart this Marchesa dress. The woven blue tulle takes it a level beyond your average body-con mini dress, the textural contrast of the lacy beading adds a lot of visual interest, the cool color palette adds a bit of polished reserve, and the hanging strand of tulle is really unexpected and adds fantastic movement.

Herve Leger by Max Azria, Alexander Wang, Lela Rose: I die for the beading on this Herve Leger dress. It's a little organic, a little '20s, a little geometric, even a little tribal. I think this is a great way to do nude as well, because you get all the effect with none of the 'is she actually wearing clothes?' or awkward moments. I think it's really great that Herve Leger is branching out beyond the typical bandage mini dress. This Alexander Wang look is such a sexy take on menswear. Rolling them up to flash a bit of ankle takes these cargos from frumpy to urban chic, and the sheerness of this striped pullover hits on the sheerness and exposed bra trends while managing to spice up an otherwise unremarkable sweater. I'm absolutely in love with the asymmetrical draping trend, and this Lela Rose dress is one of the reasons why. All the extra draping adds movement, makes for a slightly abstract, interesting silhouette, and is much more interesting than the usual Grecian gown.

Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg: Oh, Jason Wu. He's got a lot going on in this look. The sheer tee over the gingham bustier hits on the sheerness, lingerie, and Americana trends, I love the way that the purple in the bustier and the hue of the skirt match, and the orange band at the waist ties it all together perfectly. I can't even see the front of this Prabal Gurung dress, and I still love it. The cowl neckline flashes just enough skin, and all that pleating adds so much dimension to what could have been just a plain white column. Last but not least, I loved DVF's flower children. This dress is a little boho, a little gypsy, a little hippie, the leather belt anchors all that sheer fabric perfectly. And how cute is that mosaic-y flower print?

Image Sources:
Jonathan Saunders:, Louise Gray:, Marc by Marc Jacobs:, Proenza Schouler:, Phillip Lim:, Marchesa:, Herve Leger:, Alexander Wang:, Lela Rose:, Jason Wu:, Prabal Gurung:, DVF:

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