Trends at Fashion Week

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.

Hosiery

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.

Skinny belts

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.

Flowing layers

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.

Towering heels

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.

London Fashion Week mourns the death of a fashion icon; French group to continue label

The opening of London Fashion Week on Friday was darkened by the giant shadow cast by the death of Alexander McQueen, long the enigmatic toast of the London fashion world.

McQueen, who died in an apparent suicide last week, was honored with a remembrance wall that quickly became the center of attention in the mammoth fashion tent pitched in the courtyard of Somerset House.

Hundreds of messages were posted to the late superstar, regarded as the provocative enfant terrible of the once staid London design scene. Some simply said, "RIP Lee McQueen" — using his given name — while others lamented the loss of his considerable talent.

"So many memorable moments — a real British hero," read a note written by Clara Mercer of the British Fashion Council.

Once fashion week is done, the notes will be collected in a book and given to McQueen's family.

Also, the French owners of the late designer's label promise to continue his legacy, saying that would be the best tribute to a man they called a genius, a poet and a friend.

Francois-Henri Pinault, head of the French luxury group PPR, which controls McQueen's companies through its Gucci Group, said the company will ensure McQueen's label continues and will build on the brand.

Robert Polet, chief of the Gucci Group, said the collection the designer was working on before his death will be shown at Paris Fashion Week next month.

Associated Press

Trends at Fashion Week 02/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2010 8:37pm]

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