The most-viewed New York spring 2008 collections on Style.com
There was a little something for everyone at New York Fashion Week this season. Runways were filled with feminine dresses, wide-leg pants and prints, prints, prints, whether ethnic, safari, floral or bold-striped. Julie Gilhart, senior vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York, stated, "The main trend is that anything goes. Great colors and beautiful prints will help drive those spring sales." Some surprise moves within the top 20 came from Phillip Lim, who jumped up five slots to number six, while Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. collection appeared at number eight, after its absence from New York last season. All in all, the shows hit a high note. WWD stated, "The collections signed off with a shot of youthful feminism, à la playful frocks, ruffled gowns and snappy combos."
1. MARC JACOBS Page views: 3,311,183 Though Marc Jacobs presented his entire spring collection in reverse — and two hours later than scheduled — there was nothing backward about his creations. He once again stole the top spot. "Many of the clothes...made for a delightfully costumed experimental sexcapade," said WWD.
2. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Page views: 2,391,857 Marc Jacobs' little sister line — which jumped to the number-two spot in New York's rankings after showing in London last season — featured sporty, tailored young looks for spring. Both his shift dresses, which were adorned in bows and stripes, and his shirtdresses, which contained oversize buttons and piping, were adorable and playful.
3. RALPH LAUREN Page views: 1,995,891 This was no ordinary evening for Ralph Lauren. The designer chose to pair a gala dinner celebrating his brand's 40th anniversary with the showing of his spring collection at Central Park's Conservatory Garden. Out paraded his models in curvy party gowns, slick sportswear and paint-splashed jodhpurs.
4. ZAC POSEN Page views: 1,580,976 Showgoers were curious to see how over-the-top Zac Posen could pull off a show inspired by Shakers and Puritans. But he did, with his giant pilgrim-collared blouse and a dress that resembled a belted sheaf. The big ending, though, hit an off-key note: His five cloud-like gowns were "more like the twilight zone," said WWD.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"