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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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5. ANNA SUI
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.