Retailerspicktheir favorite collection of the season. Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue: “My favorite collection of the season was Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton blurred the line between haute couture and ready-to-wear with this exceptional collection that appeared to be inspired by mermaids and other sea life. Not only was it mesmerizing as it walked the runway, but it was even more magical upon further inspection in the showroom. The incredible details and handcraftsmanship were exquisite.” Jeffrey Kalinsky, executive vice president, designer merchandising, Nordstrom: “I would say my favorite collection for spring was Dries van Noten. I love prints and Dries’s photo prints were amazing, but what made Dries my favorite collection is that he has the ability to create art in his collections, but give buyers individual pieces that will take them anywhere and remain valid in their closets for years. This is something few designers can do, and, in my opinion, Dries did it the best this season.” Amanda Brooks, women’s fashion director at Barneys New York: “We saw so many outstanding collections this season, it is impossible to single out just one favorite collection. We are however, particularly excited about our exclusive launch of Maiyet for Spring 2012.”
Nicole Fischelis, Macy’s group vice president and fashion director: “One of my favorite collections was Gianbattista Valli. I think he really related to the young glamor girl. His collection made us even more excited about launching a collaboration with him in November. Valli’s collection represented most of the spring/summer trends such as sensuous feminine color, the importance of shimmer and irridecense, special embellishments and mixed media — how he combined all his different patterns and prints. His silhouettes are basically very pure, the embellishments are always a surprise and his accessories, multiple bangles and sexy chain shoes will be must-haves come spring. Even the show itself had a magical mood with special lighting.” Beth Sheperd and Sarah Hailes, co-owners, Kirna Zabete: “Balenciaga really spoke to us. Nicolas [Ghesquière] nailed the color and print trend we always love, but in such a fresh and exciting way — with new silhouettes. A nearly impossible task.”
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?"