Fashion Pulse spent a long first day at the tents, and took a day to digest everything we saw!
Our initial thoughts on the shows:
- BCBG MAXAZRIA: There was a noticeable refined sophistication to the collection, taking on the appearance more so of the signature line than a lower-priced sister collection. The use of color was done well, particularly in greens, blues, and reds, and we loved the spiked heels that teetered down the runway.
- TSE: Tse didn’t let us down with a luscious array of silky, filmy cashmere — just how cashmere should be for spring/summer! The garments resembled linen more so than cashmere, and the color palette was largely solid and neutral, with the occasional printed. piecey fabrics
- Perry Ellis: We would be content dating a guy who dressed in this collection — it definitely had a ’60s feel to it, a certain Penguin by Munsingwear vibe, that just felt practical and well-needed to menswear design. The hilights for us were definitely the vest, which ranged from a full button-up to crew neck pullovers with a geometric design. A variety of short lengths marched down the runway, and the color palette was primarily safe, with loads of blues interspersed.
- Duckie Brown: it was interesting to compare these two mens shows by seeing them back to back; we anticipate that Duckie Brown will always push the envelope, but we’re not sure how receptive the fashion crowd may be to items this season that make you say “huh” opposed to “I’d buy that in a hearbeat.” Gigantic sweaters and skinny pants were the theme du jour for Duckie, which looked fun on the runway, but we hope there’s a more tame, salable version coming out for S/S 09.