New York, aught to be the best place to study fashion's response to the global financial crisis. The shows were much more focused and organized. Designers took more responsibility and cut back on the amount of money spent on the shows, celebrities and parties were noticeably more absent if not at all completely. Marc Jacobs for example, there were no present celebrities in the front row. The focus was really on the clothes and the quality was definitely more enriched. Everyone is really thinking more carefully and creatively about what they put out on the runway. American Vogue's Anna Wintour stated that what we need to see this season are smaller collections with a real point of view.
Here are some NYFW Fall 2009 Trends :
Day Glow/Neon Colors;
An electric color pallet was very present in New York. Fuschia popping up at shows like Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors, lime green at Narciso Rodriguez and Bensoni. But Marc Jacobs definitely took it all one step further. Including metallic cerulean minis, lemon capes, and hot-pink hooded jackets in his Stephen Sprouse eighties inspired collection. We also saw very neon colors on dresses and furs at Michael Kors, and very flashy fur hats as well. Definitely very different from the usual black, gray, and beige fall color pallet.
The Bold Shoulder;
Shoulders are anything but demure this fall. The bigger the better, which Marc Jacobs definitely took that quite and worked it to the extremes. Karen Walker took the traditional blazer and introduced it to the strong shoulders as well. Frank Tell and Miss Sixty took extra fabrics to create cloud-life poufs. Donna Karren as well showed a very strong shoulder on her belted jackets. Hervé Léger by Max Azria also introduced this trend to their classical bondage dress, taking it one step further.
The gloves seen at New York weren't the kind you shove in your pocket and just keep warm, as seen at Proenza Schouler, Max Azria, Elie Tahari, and other designers - these gloves make a statement and beg to be noticed.
This fall, leather pants are demanding fashionistas to ditch their dark jeans. Whipping up fit close to the body, we saw this trend take place in various collections. Such as Matthew Williamson, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg.
The One Shoulder Dress;
Bringing attention to the face and the shoulder, we saw various combinations of the one shoulder dress . Designers like Charlotte Ronson, and Alexander Wang all had their versions of the One shoulder classic.