NEW YORK — Fashion week began in a mass of sodden show invitations and broken umbrellas. The torrential downpours forced editors and buyers to trade in their tweed jackets for slouchy raincoats and their snakeskin pumps for Wellies. Friday’s sun and breeze lifted everyone’s spirits, not to mention their pleated skirts, and prompted women to show off bare arms in sleeveless shifts — although their cashmere cardigans, replete with brooches, were clutched tightly in hand. There are still five days of shows left, so WWD has created a fashion blueprint for those the weather has rendered woeful.
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— Anamaria Wilson
Saturday’s shows are a bit of a hodgepodge, so pull out your most eclectic ensemble. Pay homage to Stephen Burrows by brushing on some retro makeup, pile on your bling for Baby Phat, but be sure to keep the overall effect avant-garde for the ever-eclectic As Four design troupe.
Sunday’s designer roster is long and full of fashion darlings — starting with breakfast at Behnaz and followed by Luella, Roland Mouret, Catherine Malandrino and Derek Lam. The sunny day screams for ladylike fare à la tweed jackets, layered chiffon tops and full skirts, but save a dash of good-girl naughtiness for early evening shows at Diane von Furstenberg and Tuleh.
The weekend sun was clearly an aberration as we head into a week of clouds and rain. But the gray days are all the more reason to make sure your own color palette is full of brights. Given the lineup — Oscar de la Renta, J.Mendel, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs — your Monday outfit should read Ladies Who Lunch, but do it at Spice Market. So dig out those vintage full-skirted shirtdresses, long, chunky necklaces and round-toe pumps.
At last, the perfect day for understated luxe. With Michael Kors, Peter Som, Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez topping the day’s schedule, think pencil skirts, cashmere shells, a string of long pearls and perhaps a pair of snakeskin Manolos. Hold the brooches and the bows.
Ralph Lauren is the big headliner on this last and very light day of shows. Sadly the heat and humidity have rendered flannels and furs unwearable. If you’re feeling so inspired on this somewhat gray day, opt for a cheerful circle skirt and layer on the turquoise. Guess you’ll have to save your furs for Europe, girls.