New York, New York – Halston, Marc and Donna.

by Katie on September 15, 2010

I know…I know.  I’m guilty.  I like a bit of sparkly spangle.  Especially if it happens to be New York, Halston and reeking of ’70’s disco drama.  Don’t blame me, blame it on the boogie.  Obsessed with Studio 54 and hedonism, I’ve just spent too darn much of my life in cocktail bars and clubs trying (and often failing) to emulate some sort of nonplussed sparkle chic.  Talking of which, Halston’s new S/S ’11 collection is PERFECT for this very angle. 

Brit, Marios Schwab seems to be raking through the Halston archives and it’s turning up trumps for the brand if it does mar the division between SJP’s Heritage line and the regular Halston line.  One shoulders were aplenty as were draping, ruching, colour and luxe fabrics.  Fluidity seems the key word.  Whether long and flowing or short and sassy, fabrics skimmed and flirted with the body in a good way.  Deep orange, the colour du jour for S/S’11 appeared in droves in the short and sweet 24 piece collection and looked hola hot hot hot.  Schwab is designing wearable wantable pieces in Halston.  They may not be gritty ‘fashion forward’ but they do hit the spot.

Talking of the 1970’s, Marc Jacobs seemed to plunder the chic imagery of ‘seductive 70’s babes, Marisa Berenson and Grace Coddington and combined them with Jodie Foster in ‘Taxi Driver’ for his lurid and lively re-interpretation.  This collection was almost more DVF than DVF and had all the hallmarks of being a major ‘influencer’ for high street chains everywhere.  Colour popped and crackled, flowers were worn in frizzy curled hair and kaftan looks appeared and drifted down the catwalk.  Big hats, corsages, hot colour, satin, chiffon and tons of femininity.  It may be a tad fancy dress but when has that ever put a lover of fashion off?  I loved it. Now if I can only muscle my way onto a PR list somewhere to borrow some…..

The mutha of them all Donna Karan, showed ‘Raw Romance’ which it was.  Beautiful separates that appeared slightly ruffled around the edges but shone with sensuality and quality.  Donna keeps to white and beige tones and layers them, which is just how the New York blondes lap it up.  Saying that, this collection was ageless and timeless.   Just great design layered on top of taste.  Definitely a mature easy feel but in tough Economic times, we revert to safety, don’t we?

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