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Monday, September 14th 2009

NY Fashion Week: Stars and Stripes Forever

A retro take on Americana was the order of the day at Derek Lam.

Americana has emerged as a major theme on the spring runways. Stars were all over Derek Lam’s collection (one of my favorite shows so far), showing up in prints, as details on belts, and as huge silver star earrings (my favorite touch). The color scheme included the expected navy, white, and red, as well as shots of lime green, jade, and purple. There was a retro feel with curly pinned-up hair, blue eye shadow, red lips, and a series of high-waisted brief rompers. Wide leather belts defined the waist, the bags looked so classic they could be vintage, and the denim and tan suede was pure American. The order of looks seemed fitting for a summer day in Nantucket, moving from day dresses and jackets into glitzy sequined numbers fit for the dance floor, and the American nostalgia was amplified with the classic tune “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Looking forward to carrying this collection for our Shopbop girls.

Two rugby-striped looks from the Spring 2010 Alexander Wang runway.

Alexander Wang, a show we highly anticipate each fashion week, did not disappoint, and had my inspirational juices flowing post-show. Like Derek Lam, his collection had an All-American element, but where Lam went retro-ladylike, Wang’s runway had a schoolgirl athletic vibe that included stripes, knee socks, varsity letters on a cardigan and backpack, and a side braid hairstyle (Morgan and I LOVED this and can't wait to do it ourselves). As always, fleece was a predominant fabric, mixed with saddle leather patches and paired with a girl version of boy underwear for a sexy tomboy look. I was totally impressed by a fleece dress that gave the illusion of a sweater tied around the shoulders, and I loved the one-shoulder polo shirt and the SHOES, which stole the spotlight (leopard wedges, striped heels, and my favorite, a knee-high sandal/boot combo with a fringe tassel).


P.S. Trend Watch! We are seeing polka dots in nearly every show (we especially loved them at Rosa Cha and Rebecca Taylor), and they will definitely be an important element in spring dressing. Spotted (so to speak) on ladylike dresses, shorts, blazers, and rompers, they were prevalent in both a preppy navy/white way, and in harder-edged shows (Erin Wasson X RVCA and Elise Overland) on blush and black jumpers and cropped blouses.

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