Earthquakes, hurricanes and new terror threats notwithstanding, the show must go on, and so it did today in New York City, the second full day for the spring 2012 Fashion Week collections.
The location of The Row show was so hush-hush the publicist asked me to call her for the address rather than just sending me an e-mail. A small crowd showed up for the 11:30 presentation at the new Baryshnikov Center, some hopping out of limos just in time. And indeed one would have to have a large dry cleaning budget for the mostly all-white clothing presented by the Olsen sisters. One noteworthy look was a halter top that looked as if it were made from shiny buttons paired with white silk pants. The top of a kimono-shaped dress was prettily embellished with glitter like Ashley Olsen’s animal print slides that featured an enormous sparkly bow.
In contrast to the mostly pale hues at The Row, Rebecca Taylor offered a pleasing palette of spring color, which somewhat assuaged my crankiness after waiting a half-hour for photos to be taken of too many reality TV stars. Lime crochet dresses, tops of tangerine paillettes and anoraks in slate blue, coupled with pink handbags carried as clutches were some of the noteworthy looks.
Did I mention all the police roadblocks that had to be navigated to work my way downtown to the Rag & Bone show? Never mind. It was worth the cab fare. A bright orange jacket coupled with turquoise trousers stole my neutral heart away. Modern navy capris with a wide leg made me re-think my Helly Hansen sailor pants. How could you go wrong with a purple and gray anorak made of parachute fabric? Large clothes with a dash of neon are a spring/summer must. Even the audience shined — two women mixed red skirts/trousers with purple tops that won our admiration.
The evening wrapped with the spring collection of Suno, a newish kid on the block. Known for his mastery of pattern mix, I preferred when he stuck to black and white.