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Saturday, September 19, 2009

New York - It's already over? Yes, Fashion Week came and went like no one's business and now here we're left to decide what were some of the amazing moments and great collections from it. So here's a look at what stood out from Fashion Week.
Best Collection: Peter Som
This, of course, is difficult to pick but Peter Som gets the vote. What makes his collection so much more special than the other shows is that this is essentially the "Spring" collection with the vibrancy and freshness of each pieces. It's also the most versatile and wearable collection because you can look at it and think, "Oh this yellow blouse would work well with that silver brocade skirt, which also works with this floral-printed blouse. And that blouse would make this red and white striped skirt even better." Well, you get the point. Som presents us a collection that we can all do our own way with it and still look chic no matter how we put the pieces together.
Best Presentation Set: Band of Outsiders
Band of Outsiders Spring 2010 collection is inspired by Malibu "circa 1978," Jacques Cousteau's "The Silent World" and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue ," hence the elaborate sandy set that includes an old airplane seat, radio, a medal detector and boulders against an ocean backdrop. It's the most clever and creative set throughout Fashion Week and it contributes a lot to the story designer Scott Sternberg is telling with his spring collection.
Best Collection Inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim's Beatnik Movement and Ralph Lauren's The Dust Bowl Era.
There are many wonderful collection inspirations but there are some of them that are interesting and refreshing, such as 3.1 Phillip Lim's Beatnik-inspired collection (left) and Ralph Lauren's take on The Dust Bowl Era (right). The two designers look into America's history for inspiration with their collections and incorporate nice details to showcase them.
Best Fashion's Night Out Moment: Diane Von Furstenberg working it and Carolina Herrera's magic show
These two ladies just knew how to entertain their shoppers on Fashion's Night Out. When no one joined to work out with fitness guru Tracy Anderson at Diane's studio, the designer jumped in and showed the shoppers how to keep fit, but the cutest moment goes to Carolina Herrera doing magic at Bergdof's. Their chic outfits and playfulness just made FNO that much better.
Favorite Trend: Comfy menswear-inspired pieces
For the spring season the designers make the menswear-inspired pieces comfier and looser yet there's still sleekness to the designs that keep it from becoming too sloppy. Rag & Bone's Spring 2010 collection is a great example for this trend.
Kristina Bustos

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