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This season Zac Posen featured the transformation of the good girl gone bad. He began his collection with a delicately pale pink dress on model Raquel Zimmerman, whose larger-than-life earrings and rocker chic hairstyle suggested this girl wasn’t all frills and glamour. The metamorphosis continued as models traded in dainty and pale lips for a decidedly metallic purple pout. Posen also started mixing in a few leopard prints, although the pieces still had an airy, demure look to them. Later, as the finale approached we were presented with bolder and darker pieces. Our favorite look was something we like to dub as “Elizabethan goth” — engaging the quintessential elements of female dressing with an ominous, dark dark mood, which made the usually pretty and innocent faced Lily Donaldson, give off a powerful “Don’t mess with me” vibe. Posen showed us that its possible to embrace our inner rebel while still donning a feminine chiffon dress!

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Oscar de la Renta, who is quite well-known for his elegant designs, lived up to his reputation with dress after dress being absolutely pristine and classic at New York fashion week. The Jackie O. sunglasses matched perfectly with the preppy prints, clean silhouettes, and a coral shaped necklace Our favorite piece was a 1950’s style red and pink floral frock with a tight bodice and flared skirt that in our opinion, stole the show. We think a leisurely stroll along the shoreline looking for seashells in this dress would be absolutely divine, n’est-ce pas? From belted one-piece swim suits to sweeping evening gowns, Oscar has got all of you Hampton and Cape Cod beach babes covered.

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With an almost completely stark white color palette that eventually delved into champagne, beige, and silver, Francisco Costa’s Calvin Klein collection let the shape of his garments do the talking this season. Shoulders harked back to a ‘80s padded aesthetic, and while some dresses were boxy, others looked as if they were simply draped sheets –- a pure ode to minimalism! Still, we felt the pieces were innovative and most definitely a work of modern art. It was refreshing to see a designer play with new proportions, instead of recycling old one, any easy move to do, considering the archive trove at Calvin Klein. We were most intrigued by a white cocktail dress whose straps looked they were carefully twisted into a 3-D triangle on one side, and a cube on the other.

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For her spring 2009 collection, Vera Wang infused subdued and sheer fabrics with simple cuts as a base for what looked like a fabulous ode to an arts and crafts project. Some of the filmy garments stood out simply through the color palette of orange, yellow, and lavender layers artistically draped underneath. However, what really made the collection a stunner were her embellishments, embroidery work, and chunky and colorful accessories – in particular necklaces, bags, and belts. Our favorite look was a neutral tone dress that was given a new life with a metallic mosaic-like embellishment carefully placed across the waist. Wang said her inspiration this season was French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, and through this discovery, we at Fashion Pulse easily pieced together the concept that her meticulous work truly embodies the execution of fashion as art.

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On the runways this season the numerous neutral color palettes gave us a bit of a fall chill. However, designers like DKNY, Carolina Herrera, and Anna Sui heated things up with sultry bustier dresses reminiscent of 1950’s pin-up girls like Betty Page. These fun, yet glamorous frocks were seen in a myriad of prints, colors, and fabrics, thus making the trend work both for a casual day about town or for a big night out. We loved how DKNY paired her dress with a long blazer to contrast the way the top of the garment highlights the female form. This colorful look is perfect on a sunny, spring day. Carolina Herrera added some sophistication and sultry class to this sexy trend via decorative trim and jewel tones.

We’ve found some fabulous affordable versions of the style too, so you can get the look without breaking the bank! We found this Satin and Lace Tube Dress with a lace overlay for $22.80 at Forever 21. Next, TopShop’s aubergine-hued Satin Bodycon Dress ($100) subtly displays a clean, zig-zag pattern on the bust. The Ruffled Tweed Strapless Dress ($159, Bebe). Last, we love how the Kimchi Blue Sunday In The Park Dress ($78, Urban Outfitters) makes the trend casual with a plaid print, halter straps, and puckered skirt detailing.

We can’t wait to give our simple “little black dresses” a rest in exchange for a bustier dress. Pairing it with some bright red lipstick and fierce heels will give any girly girl certainly some edge!

Sarah Ferguson

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  • Cynthia Rowley

The minute the giant clock (used as the runway’s backdrop) started ticking and the models started walking, we immediately thought we had been transported to the year 2029, instead of simply next spring! The designer’s runway was dominated by futuristic, form-fitting dresses that suggested imaginative inspiration from an era we have yet to see. Her use of graphic shapes, metallic fabrics, and big black sunglasses all contributed to the collection’s forward-thinking theme. We loved the gold belts that looked like over-sized bracelets; we just hope that they’re lighter around the waist than they appear!

  • Baby Phat

We’ll forgive Kimora Lee Simmons for starting the Baby Phat show an hour late for two reasons; the first being that we anticipated this to happen, and her pre-show party was the most fun we’ve practically had at a show this week! The pink cocktails and Cold Stone Creamery sundaes served in a room with a sparkly white rug were as “phabulous” as Kimora herself! The show commemorated ten years of Phat Fashions, so off the bat we knew we would be bestowed with a whammy of strong looks. On the runway, we saw colorful and flowing sheer pieces that were definitely 1970’s inspired, with lilac and khaki as dominant colors. The looks were completed by headscarves and hairstyles highly reminiscent of Cher (in her Sonny days).

–Sarah Ferguson

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Even though we had to subject ourselves (and our favorite shoes) to utterly drenching rain and ankle-deep puddles Saturday, these four designers were able to lift our dampened spirits!

  • Karen Walker

Although outside it was a downpour, Karen Walker’s collection made us feel like we were spending a sunny day on the west coast! The blues and taupes Walker used reminded us of a sandy California beach. The laid back, Cali-cool style that looked like it could have been taken from your boyfriend’s closet, was accented by her popular, quirky sunglasses, straw hats, and Keds. Yet, towards the end of the show, we were presented with leopard prints that added more femininity and a twist to our favorite Aussie’s collection.

  • James Coviello

The grey skies and painful, cab-less trek over to the west side was immediately forgotten once the show started. The runway was in full bloom with Coviello’s vibrant color choices of lime green, aqua, and lilac. These bold hues were brilliantly incorporated into the collection to create, in the designer’s own words, a “kaleidoscope of color.” Our favorite pieces were his flowing and seemingly weightless dresses that had a spin-art, tie-dye aesthetic to them. Although this collection was a strong departure from his signature knits of yore, we’re glad to adapt!

  • Verrier

Ashleigh Verrier’s spring/summer ’09 collection played off of a fairy tale motif, and the juxtaposition of sweetness and darkness. She didn’t get too carried away in the idea of fantasy, since these clothes had all of the right wearable ingredients — lace, ribbons, frill, and pastel colors. We simply adored the silky blouses, full ruffled-shirts, and girlish day dresses that added a lightness to the season.

  • Harlan Bel

To give radiance to an otherwise black and white palette, Harlan Bel added splashes of the same green, blue, and purple hues that we saw at Coviello. We loved how she contrasted feminine colors with suspenders, vests, leather jackets, fedoras, and glasses that would make anyone with perfect vision jealous! While there were no prints, she spiced up the solid pieces with details like cutouts, pleating, and tiered shorts.

– Sarah Ferguson

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Friends and fellow fashion-show goers have all been asking “what’s in the swag bag?” — what fabulous freebies did we get?

We’re going reveal our top 10 freebies from the week so far, that we will most definitely put to good use:

  1. Tote Bag from the Verrier Show
  2. White Havianas with Silver Straps
  3. Book: Bringing Home the Birkin, by Michael Tonello
  4. Viactiv Calcium + Vitamin D Chews (no we won’t have to remember to take our vitamins!)
  5. Leather Change & Card Case by Monique LHuilier for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
  6. Tresemme’ Tre Two Extra Hold Hairspray (we are obsessed with the stuff)
  7. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion
  8. DHL USB Flash Drive (for fashionistas on the go)
  9. A $50 Gift Certificate to Completely Bare Spa (our favorite spa!!)
  10. The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter (much needed for our hands and ashy legs!)

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We know we know — we’re a little behind with the fashion week coverage!

We’ll make it up to you right now, with several reviews from today, since hardly anyone has posted anything about them yet!

  • Ports 1961

We loved the live music, compliments of the Cowboy Junkies during the show, which lent nicely to the collection theme of the Pacific Northwest and feminine lines that compliment and lengthen. We found a bolder (both in design andcolore palette) collection than in the past with Ports, although we preferred metallic trim to all over metallic shimmer and shine. The fabrications we loved were the meshy lace dresses, tulle, jaquard, and lame’, which traditionally would have worked more for f/w collections. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the artistic “runway frou” which included large petruding masks that resembled something out of The Lion King, the musical.

  • Sergio Davila

Taking his queue from 1930s immigrants, Davila delivered an easy collection full of classic sportswear pieces such as cardigans, henleys, bermudas, and casual trousers. The collection was largely for men, but we did enjoy the few women’s looks, in particular the cut-off trousers. At retail, we can definitely see this doing well, as the clothes have a familiar feeling to them, with the thick gauge cardigans and thin, gauzy henleys taking center stage.

  • Melani von Alexandria

Unfamiliar with this designer, we weren’t sure what to expect. Sometimes skipping a meal or a power hour of writing is difficult to rationalize when a show is off-site, but in this case, we were glad we took the risk! The collection was as lovely, sweet, and sophisticated as the young designer, who impressed us with her tailoring skills and cohesive collection that left us wanting to see more. Loose, flowing silhouettes channeled a modernized 1920s vibe in soft neutral colors such as cream, peach, taupe, and midnight. Her dresses were by far our favorite, although she also proved to us that she nows how to cut a mean pant.

  • Gottex

We’re happy to go on the record saying that all the years we’ve seen a Gottex show, we’ve yet to be let down. Just when you think that nothing new can be added to the swimwear category, Gottex goes and does something completely refreshing. Everything from nautical motifs to classic Grecian paraded down the runway, and Gottex really knows how to smoothly group and transition the show from one theme to the next. Interesting halter one-pieces caught our eye, and we are really starting to believe that the one-piece is the new bikini. We loved the completely oversized anchors and interlocking rings, and applaud the company for revisiting the early 1990s via neon swimear. We also saw loads of cream-colored swimwear with such an amazing drape that it would take the most skilled and delicte of hands to execute. Last of all, we must thank Gottex for avoiding the monokini — we couldn’t bare to see another one of those on the beach next summer!

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    (please excuse our pics taken from the 7th row — we tried our best!!)

    We couldn’t believe our luck, that we were able to actually be at Marc Jacobs’ show (again!!) this season, and felt even luckier when, for two seasons in a row, the show started at a reasonable time – about 20 minutes after the “start time”! What was first observed was a column of mirrors, domino style, on the runway — we know this was going to be spectacular right off the bat. Marc didn’t disappoint — the initial vibe was circa 1910 granny/Pollyanna/My Fair Lady/Little House on the Prarie chic, which evolved to more complex, eclectic looks. Ruffles, bustles, butterflies — oh my! These were the major trends we saw, alongside lame’, and the continuation of quilted handbags. There were Harlequin-style oversized sequin pants, sweet printed shirtdresses, and florals paired with ever so bold horizontal-striped skirts. The new body part du jour is the hip, and Marc made sure to make it the focal point with thick ribbons to do the cinching, geisha-style, while everything else ballooned above and below it. So ladies, get those waists ready, because what Marc says, goes.

    –Julia DiNardo
    Fashion Pulse: the (heart) beat of fashion

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    Fashion Pulse spent a long first day at the tents, and took a day to digest everything we saw!
    Our initial thoughts on the shows:

    • BCBG MAXAZRIA: There was a noticeable refined sophistication to the collection, taking on the appearance more so of the signature line than a lower-priced sister collection. The use of color was done well, particularly in greens, blues, and reds, and we loved the spiked heels that teetered down the runway.
    • TSE: Tse didn’t let us down with a luscious array of silky, filmy cashmere — just how cashmere should be for spring/summer! The garments resembled linen more so than cashmere, and the color palette was largely solid and neutral, with the occasional printed. piecey fabrics
    • Perry Ellis: We would be content dating a guy who dressed in this collection — it definitely had a ’60s feel to it, a certain Penguin by Munsingwear vibe, that just felt practical and well-needed to menswear design. The hilights for us were definitely the vest, which ranged from a full button-up to crew neck pullovers with a geometric design. A variety of short lengths marched down the runway, and the color palette was primarily safe, with loads of blues interspersed.
    • Duckie Brown: it was interesting to compare these two mens shows by seeing them back to back; we anticipate that Duckie Brown will always push the envelope, but we’re not sure how receptive the fashion crowd may be to items this season that make you say “huh” opposed to “I’d buy that in a hearbeat.” Gigantic sweaters and skinny pants were the theme du jour for Duckie, which looked fun on the runway, but we hope there’s a more tame, salable version coming out for S/S 09.

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    We’ve been a fan of Geren Ford designer Geren Lockhart for some time now, and didn’t think we could get any happier than we were with her recent Hawks by Geren Ford for Urban Outfitters. The new s/s ’09 collection aimed to please sportswear lovers, and most certainly hit the mark with a preppy color palette, short shorts, and silky fabrics. The vibe was definitely J.Crew meets Built by Wendy, and we would love to possess every item, including the clutches and footwear!

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