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.5. ANNA SUI Page views: 1,435,052 Showing off a bit of glam rock and a bit of Old Hollywood, Anna Sui featured everything from fishnets and platforms to flowing chiffon blouses and high-waisted plaid suits. Sui worked in kaleidoscopic prints, which ranged from pretty florals to graphic stripes. Her eras crossed over beautifully, said WWD.
6. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Page views: 1,422,162 The whirlwind of colors and textures at Phillip Lim made for an adventurous spring. Lim sent out safari jackets paired with colorful dresses and sweater sets with layered chiffon skirts. His gigantic bags and patent Tatami shoes were hits as well.
7. OSCAR DE LA RENTA Page views: 1,392,392 Oscar de la Renta has his power women covered for spring. Outfits were sharp and chic: He showed slim pants, creamy knits and a hit parade of dresses. De la Renta even had his own live entertainment: The Polyphonic Spree belted out numbers throughout the show.
8. L.A.M.B. Page views: 1,382,886 Gwen Stefani's spring collection was a perfect reflection of her own tastes — so much, in fact, that many of the runway looks could have been pulled from her very closet. She showed off skinny pants with zipper details, sexy pencil skirts and short-shorts, which captured her glam-rocker style.
9. MICHAEL KORS Page views: 1,235,609 Michael Kors' lighthearted, colorful spring lineup included wearable frocks for plenty of different outings. Keeping a Seventies-inspired theme throughout, he worked in fancy shifts, tunics and day dresses, along with ruffled bikinis and plunging one-pieces — glorified by playful safari prints, florals and bold graphics.
10. DONNA KARAN Page views: 1,158,707 With a nod to Cuba as her inspiration, Donna Karan showed a serene collection that reflected neutral colors. "The show was all about ladified sportif à la the cinch-waist, full-skirted dress," noted WWD. For evening, her jersey gowns were slim, goddess-like and lovely.11. PROENZA SCHOULER Page views: 1,133,460 It was a military-meets-majorette theme over at Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's show. In their first collection since receiving an infusion of money through the partial sale of their company to Valentino Fashion Group, "the clinical elements that make for a great collection were there in full force," said WWD.
12. CALVIN KLEIN Page views: 1,000,188 Spring promises to be a delicate, though minimal, season for Francisco Costa's house. He opened his show quietly with a sea of stark white dresses, skirts, jackets and pants. The mood gradually became more colorful, however, with the entrance of subtly patterned jackets, slender shifts and pantsuits.
13. NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Page views: 977,681 Inspired by a ninja theme for spring, Narciso Rodriguez offered looks such as a sashed kimono, a belted coat and a black dress with a wide lilac band at the waist. Rodriguez, who sold his company to Liz Claiborne Inc. earlier this year, kept the mood light and breezy with linen jackets, fresh cotton dresses and loose trousers.
14. BADGLEY MISCHKA Page views: 905,349 Mark Badgley and James Mischka filled their spring runway with glamour galore: They offered glitzy swimsuits and beautiful sportswear, but once again they rose to the occasion with their evening attire: Dresses were flowy and colorful and will surely appear on the red carpet come awards season.
15. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Page views: 903,783 A trip to Bali in the Eighties was Diane von Furstenberg's inspiration this season. She sent out island-ready wear, including beachy dresses, halter cuts, caftans, shirtdresses and sheaths — all done up in hothouse prints and graphic tribal motifs.
16. DKNY Page views: 890,018 Donna Karan showed yet another New Yorker's dream collection for DKNY this spring, which reflected an easy, wearable grouping of throw-on-and-go pieces. The designer offered up long, flared pants, crisp dress shirts and belted flowy dresses, throwing in coolly colored accents of melon, grays and whites.17. BCBG MAX AZRIA Page views: 863,508 Max and Lubov Azria "employed a see-through motif in organza trenches and dresses layered over delicate knits," noted WWD. The duo kept things calm and cool for spring with their palette of dusky pink, taupe and gray and focused on pleats and drapes for extra structure in their pieces.
18. VERA WANG Page views: 842,192 Artsy chic was on tap over at Vera Wang this spring. For day, she showed off spun sweaters and tunics, along with thin knits with floating chiffon back panels. She paired them with slouchy pants, shorts or stiff A-line skirts. For evening, she worked with draping and decoration against Romanesque gowns.
19. CAROLINA HERRERA Page views: 822,370 Collecting inspiration from the interior watercolors of Jeremiah Goodman, Carolina Herrera delivered a colorful lineup for spring. She played with elaborate embroideries and upbeat prints of polkadots and oversize flowers. "Evening was a party girl's delight," said WWD.
20. BETSEY JOHNSON Page views: 760,908 Betsey Johnson sent out prom-style dresses that represented decades from the Fifties through the present day. From sparkly blue tulle and deep blue taffeta dresses to polkadot frocks and gingham numbers in later decades, she managed to show a little retro-style swimwear and some modern-day jumpsuits.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)