Top collections based on the number of Style.com page views during the first 12 days they were posted online.
“Fashion week provided a fine juxtaposition, displaying slim, clean looks as well as those that were liquid and layered,” WWD reported. “From strictly shaped little suits to glam black dresses to full-on goddess gowns, there was plenty of va-va-vroom sensuality in evidence.” Another trend for fall: accessories. Designers Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren played with bags, hats, sunglasses and gloves. Total page views during New York Fashion Week were 45.1 million for Style.com, the home of W and Vogue magazines (both, like WWD, are owned by Condé Nast Publications), a 45 percent increase over February 2005.
1. MARC JACOBS
Page views: 2,253,138
Style.com’s top-ranked designer lured everyone from Winona Ryder to Lindsay Lohan to his show. Jacobs again featured layers involving textures and patterns filled with moody, dark colors. Some felt the heavy layers were a little too much. WWD said, “Sometimes too much is wonderful, especially when the individual pieces are so exquisite.”
2. MARC BY MARC JACOBS
Page views: 1,512,316
“Move over, perky fashion ‘It’ girl,” WWD said. Jacobs worked with a dark palette, showing pavement-sweeping styles for a Belgian art-student vibe. The real attraction was the versatile mix of clothing, said WWD, “as the parade of volume was broken by a short, lean gray dress.”
3. MICHAEL KORS
Page views: 1,413,740
Michael Kors drew his inspiration for fall from actress Ali MacGraw. “Kors is one of many designers this season embracing cold-weather fabrics — wool plaids and cashmere — but his is bulk-free coziness,” said WWD. He showed oversize sweaters paired with skinny tops and skirts.
4. RALPH LAUREN
Page views: 1,390,384
Ralph Lauren focused on fall’s essential themes: coziness, frills, layering, the dark palette. He chose earthy tones, “achieving a wrapped-up feel with no bulk and little volume, save for the occasional sweep of a wool cape or fringed poncho.”
5. ANNA SUI
Page views: 1,211,266
Anna Sui typically plays up to the girl in all of us, though for fall, patterns were more “mannish” than usual, said WWD. Still, her feminine side worked in colorful dresses and skirts with plaids, stripes, paisleys and geometrics. The ivory lace dresses were fabulous — and girly.
6. OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Page views: 1,178,190
Oscar de la Renta’s runway at times felt like a platform for “Oscar’s Greatest Hits,” WWD said, still, he offered typically gorgeous tailoring. He showed sportswear and, for evening, a white bolero over a black velvet gown, along with dresses full of black lace.
7. KARL LAGERFELD
Page views: 1,141,136
Karl Lagerfeld, fashion’s rock star, came up with beautifully sensible clothes, achieving careful and cool tailoring for fall. Gorgeous coats and knits spoke to sophisticated urbanites, “especially those who consider fashion’s lingering retro-lady fascination an insult to modernity,” said WWD.
8. CAROLINA HERRERA
Page views: 1,075,968
Carolina Herrera drew inspiration for fall from the late Fifties. “But what began as appealing design morphed into gimmickry,’’ said WWD. But when Herrera reined in the decorative urges, as in her rust chiffon sashed in velvet, “the result was young, chic and gorgeous.”
9. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Page views: 954,286
Diane von Furstenberg’s fall collection was a tribute to The Working Girl and the West, “yet this was no Annie Oakley convention,” WWD said. The designer lined up garments of savvy, controlled tailoring with plenty of curves, including wraps and floral print trenchcoats.
10. ZAC POSEN
Page views: 953,903
Youthful glamour battled the realities of modern dressing at Zac Posen. His collection was overwrought: too much by day (the snakeskin, the ponderous silhouettes) and by night (full skirts and feathers). On the upside, he brought out a demure plaid dress, sporty jackets and skirts.
11. CALVIN KLEIN
Page views: 904,803
“What do 1920s Berlin, Lee Miller and a confused customer have in common?” WWD asked. They all inspired Francisco Costa’s fall collection for Calvin Klein. Costa continued with airiness and artistic touches, while shifting his palette from white to black, with flashes of bright red.
12. VERA WANG
Page views: 820,220
Vera Wang’s tribute to the season’s dark romance was a spectacular showing of gowns, skirts, and jackets and suits. Wang worked with a dark palette she attributed to a Mark Rothko inspiration. “The results looked painterly indeed, with a woman-of-mystery vibe,” said WWD.
13. DONNA KARAN
Page views: 816,505
Donna Karan’s use of fabric and simple designs resulted in one of her most flattering and feminine collections yet. She revealed that women can’t go wrong this fall with bodysuits and jersey dresses under fitted coats that focus on and hug the waists and hips.
Page views: 791,744
It just keeps getting better. DKNY, Donna Karan’s bridge line continues climbing the retail ladder, this year with baby-doll dresses, schoolgirl pleats and shrunken jackets. Moody colors worn with fun bubble-shape skirts portray what Karan described to WWD as “innocent sophistication.”
15. BADGLEY MISCHKA
Page views: 788,000
New season, new look. That seems to be the this year’s motto for Mark Badgley and James Mischka. But their fall collection was an odd assortment of clothes on the runway that lacked intent and direction. What did work was an assortment of soft jackets, such as a fun arctic fox over a black cashmere sweater and velvet Bermudas.
16. NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
Page views: 774,712
You would think it would get harder each year, but Narciso Rodriguez, famous and successful for his minimalism, proved his talent once again with structured and fluid fabrics, contrasting neutrals and thin, sexy cuts. The designer’s use of contrast and simple geometric seams was a nice change from the glitz and glitter of last year.
17. PROENZA SCHOULER
Page views: 684,694
Get ready for New York City’s “power woman.” This superchic attitude was evident throughout the Proenza Schouler show, which WWD said “addressed several of the trends unfolding in New York this season: sober palette, graphic motifs, art world references and a turn from gentle girliness.”
18. LUELLA BARTLEY
Page views: 609,256
Luella Bartley accomplished the perfect mix of naughty and nice for fall. WWD loved the “rockabilly punk” look achieved with cardigan sweaters and shrunken plaid jackets that “ran the gamut from tony to biker.” She showed smart plaid coats and shrunken jackets.
19. CHADO RALPH RUCCI
Page views: 567,351
Tailored sophistication ruled Ralph Rucci’s runway. WWD noted the cashmere coats in fall greens and yellow with paisley embroidery that “worked a light-handed flirtiness” when paired with tiered lace overlays. An off-the-shoulder gown showed off a mix of artistic flair and drama.
20. BILL BLASS
Page views: 558,415
Designer Michael Vollbracht has found his groove. Fur trim, cashmere suits and sparkled embellishments added just enough for the Bill Blass lady. “Evening allowed Vollbracht to turn up the drama a notch with sparkly bits and frothy pieces,” said WWD.
Source: Style.com; The Web site has a monthly readership of more than 1.3 million; The average age of the audience is 35.4, and the median income, $75,000; 86 percent of readers are female.