The feel from the first couple of days of fashion week, is that collections are full of fun stuff, but not all that original. Again designers got inspired from the 30s, 50s and 60s, and the colors varied from washed out neutrals, black and the occasional jewel tones. The good news is that we got almost rid of tent dresses, very low-rise waistlines and leggings. PHEW!!!Clothes are soft and are meant to worn everywhere. Pretty dresses will come our way and it is up to you to choose the height of your hem – as everything goes. Bohemian chic was added to the mix, and the androgynous style has a comeback. Women will be dressed like ladies again. Ladies that can combine work, fun, downtime and play but in a sophisticated way.

I am only commenting on the shows that I thought were interesting and will guide me for my summer 08 shopping. Click here to check out the collections. Here are my favorites so far:

1. ABAETE: 30s and 40s inspired dresses and separates, great tops, palette of beiges, black and white with the occasional emerald frock and soft yellow. Everything can be easily worn in the city or at your vacation spot of choice. Lovely fabrics and very flattering designs.

2. ALEXANDRE HERCHCOVITCH: An androgynous collection with the deconstructed tuxedo inspiring the collection, giving it a cool and sophisticated vibe. Some stuff seemed a bit too warm for summer. Some great tops, which liven up any basic pant or skirt. Colors are mostly black and white with hues of fire red to give the clothes an edgy feel.

Beautiful sheer layers constructed the dresses, which are for the sophisticated, artsy yet strong woman. Everything was belted; Neutrals are big in this collection.

50s inspired dresses in neutrals and washed out pastels, nicely done and pretty, but nothing new. The feel is quite vintagy.

50s inspired frothy frocks and pencil skits, very ladylike, but again nothing new.

6. L.A.M.B.
A 60s inspired collection with hues of Gwen’s everyday wardrobe of tartans and checked jackets. I liked the mini dresses, provided one has legs to show off. There were a couple of floaty animal print dresses, which are ladylike sexy yet cool. What I didn’t like was Kingston participating in the show…He is a toddler. Not an accessory.

Basics with a polished and cool feel, which will remain hip in the next couple of seasons as well. Nicely constructed jackets and pants, a little bit safari, a little bit Great Gatsby, with a dose of St. Tropez of the 60s. Stripy shirts top it all off.

Keep this list handy when you go shopping / TRENDS
– Neutrals, black and white, hues of jewel colors
– High Waists are back, the real waist is defined by belts
– 30s, 50s and 60s inspiration
– Thin belts wrapped twice around the waist
– Bohemian chic
– Safari pants paired with stripy tops.
– Fedoras
– Kaftans

More collections tomorrow. Stay tuned!


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