White is the New Black
What do you wear when you have nothing to wear? The go-to, monochromatic, sartorial fallback of an all black look, of course. This season, designers (literally, almost all of them) have presented a “brighter” option for our old monochromatic standby, showing head to toe winter-ready white in the form of chic eveningwear, tailored pantsuits and everything in between. Lyn Devon goes super sweet and retro chic with a modest angora sweater and tea-length duchesse satin skirt. Cushnie et Ochs offer winter white separates as sleek tailored trousers paired with a sheer collared top make the trend as seductive as their curve-hugging dresses. Alexander Wang doesn’t disappoint with his edgy twist, detailed with pearlescent fringe and black fishnet stockings.
The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) is the metronome for the support of emerging young designers. The masterpiece showcase of this year's seven most prominent designers out of 175 who sought for the coveted runway spots for this year's Fashion Week. Each of the seven finalists were granted a $25,000 scholarship to design their own line to send down the runway at a stunning Monday evening presentation in Bryant Park.
First were The Blonds with an array of Swarovski Crystal encrusted corsets alongside a flashy python pencil skirt and fashionable ostrich feathered collars. Prova came next with a futuristic voyage down the red carpet. A sunkissed pansy printed silk dress with silver and black glass beaded fringe was stylishly accessorized with a bottle cap necklace. Prabal Gurung took us on an international fashion trip with camel and white hooded coats and completed the collection with a bottle green viscose draped sleeve dress.
If you haven’t noticed, many well known designers will not be showing this year at Bryant Park, that’s because a few of them- including Adam Lippes, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Barbara Tfank, Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Fetherston, Pamela Love, Peter Som, Preen, Proenza Schouler, Temperley London and threeASFOUR (just to name a few) will be showing their Spring 2010 collections in the Meatpacking District. Milk studios will be partnering up with make-up giants M•A•C Cosmetics, to host their own set of fashion shows. According to the press release, M.A.C and Milk “will offer designers multilayered support; including space for their shows, presentations and press appointments. A designer will also have the option to hold castings, hair and makeup tests as well as look book shoots at The Milk Building (450 West 15th Street) throughout the duration of Fashion Week”.