February 23, 2009
Patrick McMullen

New York Fashion Week, Fall 09

No doom and gloom for New York Fashion Week even given the Wall St. proximity.

Some shows were in smaller venues but the mood was generally buoyant. Nobody was playing it safe with their collections. Things were still fun and playful. A major trend for fall is metallic, both gold and silver. Even though we may not be as flush as we used to, we can still feel rich by wearing metallics.

Carolina Herrera did her usual pretty ladylike collection. Rodarte is always a sought after show and didn't disappoint. So creative - and the boots! They were so high I don't know how the models got them on. Derek Lam was a very modern take on classical sportswear (love the gold houndstooth skirt). Behnaz Sarafpour had her best show in a couple of seasons that made you think of Hitchcock heroines. It turns out that Behnaz's husband is a huge fan of Jennifer from her role on NBC's "Life". Mr. de la Renta showed on the Upper East Side to the Park Avenue ladies who are his clients. J. Mendel always a favorite - glamorous, modern and feminine - was a little hard edged this season. Then we had musicians, Justin Timberlake and Ben Harper (with David Arquette) designing William Rast and Propr respectively - truly Renaissance men. Laura Dern and Courteney Cox were decidedly un-Hollywood at their husbands' show. Down to earth and refreshing.


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