In reviewing the runways from Day 4 here was some great real bursts of vibrant color and grounded by fall mainstays of muted greys and neutrals. I also found a new love, Lela Rose.
Day 4: Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Timo Weiland, Alice Ritter, Lela Rose, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, Maison Martin Margiela, Preen, Simon Spurr, Malandrino, DKNY, Yuna Yang, Tory Burch, Yoana Baraschi, Max Azria, Diane von Furstenberg, CYNTHIA STEFFE, Romas by Linda Rowe, Thakoon, Allison Parris, Bensoni, Cushie et Ochs, Custo Barcelona, Moncler Grenoble, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tommy Hilfiger, Katie Gallagher, Duro Olowu, Nomia, Zang Toi
I was never before a follower of Lela Rose, designer of Jenna Bush' bridesmaids' dresses, but that all changed in reviewing her Fall 2011 show. It was everything I love about fall - sophisticated, glamorous, but grounded in comfort. I love the pairing of a slim sweater with a gorgeous printed skirt, a wooly draped cocktail dress, a warm, aubergine evening gown and the plum lips on the models were fabulous, too.
Another favorite fall trend was the pairing of bold colors within the same color family; sort of monotone 2.0. Thakoon and DVF did a beautiful job of letting each color stand alone in its boldness.
|Diane von Furstenberg|
For fall traditionalists, one needs to look no further than Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham. I liked Tory Burch's play on the classic Chanel jacket with mixed media fabrics and the way that Beckham's line continues to come into its own, with more grace and ease.