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For many designers, it was all about volume in New York. Style.com has provided the top 20 designers with the most page views following the first 12 days they were posted. Though late for his own show, Marc Jacobs nabs the top spot for the third year in a row. And was it Ms. Lopez’s celebrity or her fashions that sparked so much interest following her premiere? WWD said it was a little bit of both.
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- MARC JACOBS
Page views: 1,548,269
“This show offered a darker, broodier world view than anything Jacobs has proposed in years, yet it clung to a hopeful romance,” WWD said. Volume ruled, but so did cashmere sweaters and burgundy eveningwear.
Page views: 1,321,919
In this, Jennifer Lopez’s virgin fashion show, jeans and baby dolls to lavish fur and diamonds adorned the runway. Even if innovation was a bit lacking, the collection could find a niche if the price is right.
- MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Page views: 1,318,143
This line from Marc Jacobs continues an impressive independence from its sister collection. Jacobs revealed a lineup of “cool kid” clothing, which included volumized skirts and parkas to tartans and pinstripes.
- OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Page views: 1,132,607
Coining de la Renta a “trend maven,” WWD revealed his fall favorites: volume and flats. Add to that scads of fur and embroidered skirts. Two fans who reflect his versatility? Laura Bush and Beyoncé Knowles.
- RALPH LAUREN
Page views: 1,090,552
Lauren’s series of lean shapes and curvy knits were inspired by his collection of vintage racing cars (on display at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts beginning Sunday).
- CALVIN KLEIN
Page views: 1,010,395
Going against the volume theme, Klein’s successor Francisco Costa revealed a bold show of grid motifs, origami trim and leather tiles on his women’s wear.
- ZAC POSEN
Page views: 1,005,800
WWD raved Posen’s dresses “looked plenty alluring.” Favorites included his Grecian-inspired, pleated goddess dresses. “It made for his best collection yet,” said WWD.
- MICHAEL KORS
Page views: 994,137
Massive furs adorned Kors’ fall collection. Underneath he showed fitted sweaters and full skirts. For eveningwear: short glittery numbers and full-length taffetas.
- CAROLINA HERRERA
Page views: 926,816
Inspired by the Forties, Herrera’s focus was classic chic. She offered sophisticated and tailored fitted suits by day and gemstone-laden dresses by night.
- ANNA SUI
Page views: 881,794
Straying far from last season’s girly ruffles, Sui wove interior elements such as textile and graphic patterns into her designs, playing with colors such as orange, brown, turquoise and moss green.
- NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
Page views: 754,213
Rodriguez had a bit of everything: svelte provocative dresses and jackets and playful shirtdresses and big raincoats. Yet “the show felt a bit like an exercise in perfecting the expected,” WWD said.
- DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Page views: 742,691
Program notes stated von Furstenberg’s inspiration came from Russian literary heroines. Low-key, alluring dresses ensued, lightened by contrasting prints, making for a powerful, yet feminine, collection.
- DONNA KARAN
Page views: 729,727
Using her fascination with New York City, “Karan brought together elements of men’s wear, ultrafeminine draping, intense details and a soupçon of the artiste in near-perfect expression,” said WWD.
- BCBG MAX AZRIA
Page views: 729,330
Favoring pieces fashioned for the hippie chicks of the world, chiffon dresses and tweeds were all the craze for Max Azria this fall. Tobacco, tomato red and evergreen colors were the hot choices.
- PROENZA SCHOULER
Page views: 649,118
“The fall collection swaggered with confidence and a savvy awareness of bottom-line realities,” said WWD. Styles of the Sixties mixed with corsets, crinkly silk dresses and tailored pinstripes.
- VERA WANG
Page views: 596,963
“Wang’s color palette was a gorgeous and painterly mélange of rich but subtle hues,” WWD said. “She imbued dresses, tops and skirts with a wonderful fluidity using filmy tulles and chiffons.”
- IMITATION OF CHRIST
Page views: 582,120
Tara Subkoff’s show was well received by WWD, aside from a “group of deconstructed suit jackets.” Nods went out to her jumpsuits and tailored tweeds.
- MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
Page views: 533,659
“Bravo, Matthew!” WWD raved. While his bohemian-inspired creations were sprinkled in, most impressive were his separates: coats and jackets were paired with multicolored pleated skirts.
Page views: 484,244
“The collection was clearly a breakthrough for [Bryan] Bradley — and an impressive one at that,” said WWD. Sportswear pieces and a glam coat collection were both smartly executed.
Page views: 468,713
“An oversized washed-out ‘graffiti’ floral was fabulous in skirts and a strapless dress, as were the pleated chiffon dresses,” WWD said. The silk party dresses did not fare as well.
SOURCE: STYLE.COM. THE WEB SITE HAS A MONTHLY READERSHIP OF MORE THAN 1,000,000. THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE AUDIENCE IS 35, WITH A MEDIAN INCOME OF $68,000; 83 PERCENT OF READERS ARE FEMALE.