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Posts for September 17th 2009
As many designers lighted up their collections this season, Doo Ri Chung increased the hard-edge for spring 2010. The first look—a quilted silk dress with sculpted shoulders—set the tone for a show that built upon Chung's signature draped jersey pieces by bulking up the fabrics with overlays of tulle and introducing thin chain details.
The majority of the collection was stone, silver or slate, with a poppy pink chiffon blouse and tulle dress being the most aggressive displays of color. Standout cocktail pieces included a sculpted blue dress with tulle netting, a blush jersey dress snaked and dripping in chains, and a pearl gray pleated mini. An asymmetrical gray vest that capped the shoulders in half circles of delicate chains also made an impact.
Chung's inspiration from artist Annette Messager's sculptural installations was clear in her turn to more structured silhouettes, and in the models' matte gray lipstick and wire necklaces.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez presented a collection for spring 2010 that cool girls-about-town are dying to wear right now; they just didn't know it until last night, and that's the beauty of Proenza Schouler.
The designers told Style.com's Nicole Phelps yesterday after their runway show at Milk Studios that they wanted to design something young and fresh and looked to surf and skate as inspirations. They were also building upon a well-received resort 2010 collection in the evolution of scuba-style details and tie-dye prints.
Their use of tie-dye was more futuristic than hippie, and to this McCollough and Hernandez added incredible acid-colored animal prints that evoked oil puddles sitting in the sun. There were loads of subtle embellishments in the collection—micro ruffles, tiny feathers, sequins and tinsel—as seen on short flared skirts paired with neon body suits.
Some models had green or purple tints in their hair, which emphasized the just-out-of-the-swamp-water look, and accessories were stand-out—killer cuffs, wedges and rainbow chain strap handbags.