Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
What Misha Thought of Spring 2011

New York Fashion Week came and took Lincoln Center by storm. I'm a little reluctant to change at times, so, initially I didn't like the move from Bryant Park for my own selfish reasons.

Bryant Park is a mere hop, skip and a jump away from my office, which meant it was always easier for me to head out and run in to catch shows during the day. Oh well. With the change I gladly hopped on a 1 uptown train any chance I was afforded. Nonetheless, the transformed space at Lincoln Center was refreshing.

Now for the fashions from my standpoint.

Rather than give the typical fashion week synopsis, simply check out my top 3 favorite looks from a few designers I covet and love. And believe me, just picking only 3 was a challenge, but here it goes:

When it comes to finding a last minute dress for any occasion, I always head to my nearest BCBG Max Azria store. They never fail in me finding something timeless and of the moment at the same time. This Spring 2011 collection continues and delivers just that. Keeping with the minimal trend of less is more from this fall, I would say the collection was clean, simple and fresh.

Ports 1961 displayed a very wearable collection. Everything that went down the runway could have easily been worked back to other pieces in your closet. I didn’t see much of a departure of runway to production needed in this collection. I’m sure retailers loved the wear ability of this collection. Ports 1961’s Spring 2011 was definitely Misha lunching with her beau (whoever that will be) in about 5 years.

Nicole Miller’s Spring 2011 collection took a different turn from last year’s sporty and young vibe. As hemlines were lowered and silhouettes created in more of a breezy and loose-layered effect, this collection definitely had a more mature feeling this season.

Cynthia Rowley created an entertaining and creative touch with her Spring 2011 collection with her interesting usage of a circle detailing that could be found throughout the collection. With every look, she had you wondering were the circles would appear next, a tad bit of an unexpected factor. I loved some of the sheer touches in the collection.

Much of Prabal Gurung Spring 2011 collection had skirt lengths that I normally wouldn't gravitate to for my short stature, but definitely appreciate on others able to wear the length well. The collection had great pieces that are perfect for attending exclusive events, cocktailing, and wine and dining with special clients at your favorite posh eatery. A lover of color, I especially loved the opening of the bold and bright hues.

Zac Posen created a young, flirty, animated spring 2011 collection for his Saks Exclusive Z Spoke line. I loved the fun factor that was present in this collection. My favorite pieces were undoubtedly the short dresses. Yes, I love a short dress!

Ah color. Lela Rose’s Spring 2011 collection showed great wearable cocktails dresses that I would love to add into my closet. Color was definitely on the mood board for this collection. I already miss the brightness of spring.

Rebecca Minkoff created a youthful line that coincides perfectly with fab chicks that also love her handbags. I for one am a huge fan. This Spring 2011 collection had perfect pieces to incorporate in the Minkoff girl’s downtown wardrobe. She’s young, edgy and loves to accessorize. Hey sounds like me! The collection definitely displays just that.

Diane von Furstenberg is another go-to that many women like myself covet. She never disappoints in creating a collection that’s attention grabbing, flattering, and sophisticated. No one drapes in a print quite like Diane. I especially loved the bold color usage, a favorite of mine; the cobalt, black and white combination. Spring come back to me!

Tracy Reese
A huge fan of Tracy Reese, I particularly wasn’t head over heels in love with this Spring 2011 collection. Sad to say I was a bit underwhelmed. (inserts sad face) But, I did enjoy a few of the 70’s inspired looks. There were a few Charlie’s Angel moments, no?

LOVE what went down the runway for Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2011 collection. Can you just say red carpet moments? There was sophistication and elegance for both day and night. Mettalics, sequins, organza, jewel tones, I loved it all.

Luca Luca’s Spring 2011 collection was filled with pieces I would definitely want to wear. Just about every look processed an easy, breezy, beautiful cover girl quality to them. There were many great summer cocktail dresses. Again, Spring come back!

Rachel Roy
Another go to designer of mine has been Rachel Roy. I can always bank on finding a dress to make me feel polished, sophisticated and chic at the same time without feeling old. Her Spring 2011 collection continued and displayed just that. When you look at a Rachel Roy collection, you can definitely see her wearing her own pieces. I loved the vibrant jewel tones, the 50’s inspired circle skirts, and the drawstring hem pants, a nice alternative to the harem style. And you can never go wrong with a slightly updated version to the classic trench we all love, of which she presented in a variety of ways.

There's more...Stay Tuned for Part 2!!

Images: NYMAG


Caroline 22.9.10  

I love the looks you chose and sooo agree about Monique Lhuillier! I loved those pieces.

Eclechick 22.9.10  

WOW!! We have some of the same favorites! Prabal Gurung stole my heart though! Great recap. I'm ready to see part 2.

Kerissa 2.10.10  

Ooh my gosh, such beautiful pieces, I can't wait to but some good generics here in city 8) Simply fab!