{iStyle} NYFW SS10 – Day 3

Do you ever wonder how and why it is that designers happen to come up with the same stuff at the same time? I mean, how do they all come up with shorts or the color orange all in the same season? Ok, my pondering aside, it is now obvious that there is a dominant color palette for Spring/Summer 2010.

ADAM – Mixing casual pieces with something fancy. Everything is practical and wearable on its own, but when styled as in the show, it is much more interesting. I think that was what made this show good, because whatever theme or inspiration the designer chose (supposedly Kenya) didn’t come through much.

Alexander Wang - Wang took the sporty look thing to a whole new level. While the collection is more exciting design-wise, I feel like it is also less wearable for the average woman than previous. If you aren’t living in a city where anything goes and you don’t have a model body, then many of these looks wouldn’t translate to the street for you. Keep an eye out in stores for the jackets, loose knit sweaters, and perhaps some of those sweatpants.

Altuzarra – Everything here was very desert inspired and exotic looking. It was good to see something different come down the runway (something other than sheer and sporty.)

Boy by Band of Outsiders – It’s California prep-school chic. On the east coast, we have that disheveled rich kid look. Well, now it seems there’s a west coast version, which is much more laid back and equally as cool. Plenty of shorts, blazers, and easy shirts. The prep-school color palette applies here.

Chado Ralph Rucci – I’m thoroughly impressed with Rucci’s tasteful and current collection. We saw the use of feathers, embellishment, and sheer panels, but in a variety of silhouettes that fit different shapes of women for different occasions. In a time when we are constantly talking about frugality, a collection like this is valuable. These are investment pieces for ladies; spend on Rucci and it is money very well spent.

Jeremy Laing – Very interesting silhouette. The use of lines and panels plays tricks with the eyes and gives a unique look that no other woman on the street would have. Only the daring need apply.

Lacoste - What you expect from lacoste if you hit the refresh button. The usual sporty pieces, updated and with a few unique (read not sweaters, polos, or tennis skirts) designs thrown in. Everything was done in yellow, blues, and whites, which invokes the image of a summer by the swimming pool.

Ohne Titel – Egyptian was the inspiration, and what a beautiful interpretation. Ohne titel did bodycon in a way that you can wear without screaming SEX! The color palette reflected egyptian wall paintings in black, white, sandy beige, gray, blue, and red.

Richard Chai Love - This is the debut of Chai’s more affordable line. Thankfully, Chai didn’t just offer up watered down versions of higher priced designs or “basics.” Quite a bit of color here and prints.

Shipley & Halmos – Lots of mens and womens basics done up sexy, but just a bit loose. You can wear these clothes if you aren’t perfect.

United Bamboo – Another fun collection. This one just feels glamorous with fun hats, glowing soft fabrics, rosettes, and playful prints.


Vivienne Tam – I love butterflies. I love color. I want to love this collection, but the theme was too literal. Tam could have taken very close shots of a butterflies wings and blown them up as a print. She could have used the shape of a butterflies wet wings in her sleeves. There is a way to do an inspired them and a way not to do it. Unfortunately, much of this collection was an example of how NOT to do it. The brightly colored pieces above are some of the better ones.

VPL – Well, Bartlett certianly made sure that her colleciton lived up to her label’s name. There was more sheer looks than usual for the brand. The collection which was focused on anatomy included the usual bandaged looks and undergarments that are meant to be seen. Sequins made an appearance on several undergarments, as did Spring 2010’s color scheme of choice: orange, khaki, gray, white, and black.

The Breakdown:

Ok, it’s official. Brights and/or neutrals over pastels. Orange is the hot bright. Fucshia is a runner up. If you don’t fancy either of those,  you can go for blue. If wearing color is too adventurous for you, you are in luck. You can go ahead and wear the most utilitarian color palette on earth: Khaki, black, white, and gray.

Sheer is in. Embellishments are in, but not as heavy as we’ve seen in recent seasons.

Forgive me, I’ve been ignoring shoes! Although, from what I can gather, I’ve seen more than a fair share of sandals and heels with layers of straps. Also, that whole open-toe-sorta-boot is still popular.

All images {via} Style.com edited for the Little Pink Book

Jenn Ortiz is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in History and Latin American Studies with hopes to pursue a PhD in Child Development. She believes there is beauty in everything around us; from the inside out, outside in. She currently runs {Bits of Beauty} a place you just feel good about and guest blogs for Design Tavern and Wishpot.

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  1. I've always wondered the same thing, how designers manage to come with the same looks for each season. Who is the mastermind behind all this that tells them: “Next season you'll do this and that, create and have fun”

  2. I think the mastermind's name is Anna Wintour :)

  3. I've always wondered the same thing, how designers manage to come with the same looks for each season. Who is the mastermind behind all this that tells them: “Next season you'll do this and that, create and have fun”

  4. I think the mastermind's name is Anna Wintour :)

  5. I've always wondered the same thing, how designers manage to come with the same looks for each season. Who is the mastermind behind all this that tells them: “Next season you'll do this and that, create and have fun”

  6. I think the mastermind's name is Anna Wintour :)

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