I just combined it all into one mondo-post today. I literally bookmarked 100 different looks from just today's shows, and that was with me being really, really picky. There's just too much pretty in NYC. It's a problem. Some of my favorite looks so far are below, especially from Theyskens' Theory and Lela Rose.
Lela Rose: I struggle with Lela Rose. I want everything. I can't choose. It's like an explosion of gorgeous. I think these two are my favorites. This raspberry pink cocktail dress balances out a statement hue with a clean, classic cut. The subtle texture and statement necklaces take it up a notch and make it young and kicky. The skirt on this gown just kills me. It looks like bird's wings, doesn't it? The soft layers of tulle, the gradiated dove greys and purples--it's all so soft and romantic, but not at all frothy or too girly. The bustier top contrasts the flowing skirt nicely. This has to be on the red carpet. Has to. It's too pretty not to show up somewhere.
Thakoon, Rebecca Taylor: Thakoon is always such a fab show. The looks worked from head to toe, and there was a deconstructed, edgy romantic feeling throughout the whole collection that felt so refreshing. I love this first look; just a simple floral sundress, with some hook and eye detailing, a little jacket, and some awesome booties. The restricted color palette is soft and elegant, the subtle textures and details keep it interesting, and the booties spice it all up. The styling of this Rebecca Taylor look is fab. Pairing a pink leopard print mini-dress with an army green anorak and that hot winged eyeshadow just makes so much sense. The dress is flirty and fun, the jacket is practical and boyish, and the eyeshadow adds a sex kitten twist. Not so much a fan of that top knot, but overall the look really works.
Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele: Oh, Carolina Herrera. She does Old World glamour so well. This dress is so Marie Antoinette in the skirt, and then the clean little bodice and black accents add a bit of a Gothic twist that balances everything out so nicely. Can't you see a pregnant actress wearing this to the Oscars? It would work so perfectly with a baby bump, with that empire waist and voluminous skirt. This Carlos Miele gown is gorgeous. The cut is very simple and understated, and the black keeps that theme going, but the sheerness and the pleating add a whole organic, darkly romantic vibe that keep this from being just another black gown. That dress with some statement vintage jewels--perfection.
Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhuillier: Marc Jacobs is always a trendsetter. Last season it was the fab '50s/'60s silhouettes, this season it's more '70s boho-chic with lots of hot pants. Last season was boobs, this season will apparently be about thigh-high slits and hot pants. Personally, I preferred chests, but that's just me. I love the neckline on this dress, the play on sheer and opaque, and the contrast between the flowing volume and all that exposed skin. There's something so appealing about that scarlet-magenta hue, especially in that oversized flower. Monique Lhuillier always delivers on princess gowns, and this season was no exception. This column gown balances the girly, floral print with that Grecian, draped fit so perfectly. It's very classic chic meets modern and girly, and all that ruching and draping are so figure flattering.
Monique Lhuillier, Theyskens' Theory: This first gown is so modern Glinda the good witch, with all that tulle and all those sequins. The nude hue tones down the sugary sweetness of it all, and the way that the neckline almost blends into the body is so sexy, in an offbeat way--it almost looks like a mermaid's scales, no? I can so see this having a fantastic red carpet moment. So Olivier Theyskens, AKA wonderboy, is doing a line for Theory. I think the prices cap at $700, which isn't cheap, but for Olivier Theyskens' it's pretty darn good. Y'all really need to look at the whole collection. It has all the clean minimalism of Theory with all the dark, romantic coolness of Theyskens. I mean, he's managed to make shiny black stovepipes and a sheer, black tee look insanely chic with absolutely no accessories. Boy is a genius.
Images from style.com.