New York Fashion Week Spring 2007: The Last Word • Reem Acra • Beckerman • Carmen Marc Valvo • Michon Schur • Vlassis Holevas • Alice Ritter • Abaeté
We wanted to share one last set of shoe shots. We call this pairing "Sublime to Ridiculous".
Today brings the news that
Mercedes-Benz General Motors Olympus Fashion Week is no more, and next season will once again become General Motors Olympus Mercedes-Benz
Future plans aside, here are the last of our runway reviews from last week
Reem Acra is yet another who, following the lead of Vera Wang, has built a healthy eveningwear business in the wake of her Bridal business. She has made her name with lavish beading and embroideries, and this season used an offbeat palette of hand dip-dyed, dusky neutrals with touches of red and pearly lamé and lighter, lacy beadwork for a burnished patina. Every piece had a subtle shine or sparkle. She loosened her silhouette, as is the trend, and a gathered chiffon trapeze dress with leaf insets was a standout.
Music: Jazzy cocktail exotica
Swag: Front row only
Celebrities: Catherine Malandrino and Star Jones in what looked like pants appliqued with leaves.
The Beckerman sisters chose a garment district loft to show their collection of whimsically patterned dresses and sportswear titled "Kiss Me Quick in Amsterdam". The collection was styled for maximum brightness, but also had a naive charm, and included some very pretty pieces for the individualist.
Swag, Celebrities: Really not that kind of show. Sometimes the designers just want to show their clothes.
Sometimes we don't expect or even need to have the wheel reinvented, and for that we have Carmen Marc Valvo who sent out a clean, pared down evening collection almost entirely in cream and black. Valvo's sleek aesthetic lent itself perfectly to the swimwear he showed. While trends were touched upon lightly, the strongest case was made for elegant classicism.
Music: New Order "Bizarre Love Triangle" and other 80's music.
Swag: Usual front row restrictions
Celebrities: We couldn't see them, but this is more of a retailer's show than an editorial one.
The cherry blossom backdrop at Michon Schur gave a good clue what to expect. Designer Stephanie Schur showed a collection of superfeminine dresses and sportswear without going overboard into saccharine sweetness. Carefully ruched and puffed cap sleeves added an architectural twist to the silhouette.
Music: Girly technopop
Swag: Those brownies never get old.
Celebrities: The very tall and willowy Mischa Barton.
Things started off well at Vlassis Holevas when the Greek designer sent out two draped gowns in white and gold that could have walked off the Parthenon, and a azure sequin fringed minidress that had spunk, and then things started to devolve. All we could think of were Michael Kors and Nina Garcia at their Judge posts saying, "There's just too much going on. Lace and ruching and beading all at the same time." Perhaps a few episodes of Project Runway would have improved the rest of the collection. While it may look from the pictures like a well attended show, in fact, the PR company pulled half the chairs from the room, just to ensure that anyone with a standing invitation wouldn't mistakenly be allowed to sit. So hospitable!
Music: Techno House
Celebrities: This was kind of a friends and family sort of show.
French born Alice Ritter's collection focused in a darker, moodier color palette with subtle jacquard fabrics and bold tartans. Short, babydoll dresses and plaid pinafores had charm, but when schoolgirl looks are paraded on teenage models, one wonders what Ritter has for grown-ups to wear. An empire trench coatdress had more sophisticated flair. Ritter took her bow in an elegant navy dress.
Music: French '60's pop, Rufus Wainwright.
Swag: Michel Cluiziel chocolate, Nars creme eyeshadow in 'swing'.
Celebrities: None we could see.
Designer Laura Poretzky amped up the color in her lively Abaeté collection. The mod-ish '60's silhouettes looked best in two-tone floral prints and contrasting embroidery. She also used the occasion to show off her collection of shoes for Payless which showed a lot of style for under $50.
Music:: French pop
Swag: 1 Bottle of Bawls Guaranex, Redken 02 blow-dry lotion and vinyl glam mega-shine spray, Nars duo eyeshadow in 'April Fools', Creative Nail Design polish in 'Red Baroness"
Celebrities: Nigel Barker, and down the row, former ANTM contestant Nik.