We know you've been busy scraping pennies from the cup holder to buy gas and all, but let's take a breather from the terribleness of the real world and venture into that fantastical fantasmagorium called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, shall we? It wrapped Thursday in New York City, with the last of the designers showing off their visions for what we should all wear come fall 2010. It was a year of bold color and soft design, nothing too severe or sharp. This season is all about happiness and frills and pretending the universe is made of taffy! Whatever it takes to cope, right? Here are some trends we spotted on the runways this year.
There was nary a bare leg in sight, which we love because it means less shaving. Those razor cartridges are like $14! Milly by Michelle Smith opted for candy-colored leggings, above, in kelly green, while down at Betsey Johnson it was all about fishnets. Phillip Lim forced his models into sheer black hose last seen on Erica Kane in 1990. Leggs Control Top Dusty Midnight, we believe they're called.
The big elastic belts of years past are out in favor of skinny straps of leather, as seen on this Marc by Marc Jacobs model, and just about every other model at Fashion Week. Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta also boarded the skinny belt train to a very 1940s result. We will miss the gut-suck power of the wide belt, may she rest in peace.
In a show of shameless decadence, Nanette Lepore whipped out the velvet, baby, draped on models like curtains in a very expensive brothel, above. Rodarte featured a cacophony of gauze and lace that ended up looking like a complicated tourniquet accident in war-torn Poland, yet still, strangely beautiful.
Flats are nice for fishing off a dock or running a marathon or whatever, but isn't it time we had some good, old-fashioned heels again? The designers thought so. Unfortunately, good intentions were presented in the form of these Tory Burch hiking boots, top, seen last night in our dreams of terror. Rodarte with lace-up ballet heels, above, and Victoria Beckham with her signature round-toe pumps fared better.