Reviews from Wednesday at New York Fashion Week

A model walks the runway at the Betsey Johnson Spring 2012 fashion show.


Metro’s style reporters Kenya Hunt and Tina Chadha took in the
scene this week at New York Fashion Week. Which looks did they love?
Find out below:


1. Sophie Theallet

Gorgeous floor-length cotton dresses in prints and an elegant white frock with nothing but a crisscross across the bare back opened Sophie Theallet’s spring show. Then came separates: splashy prints or color-blocked blouses and skirts, followed by cocktail dresses in attention-commanding tangerine, shocking pink and icy blue. It was all about the colors. But just when we were beginning to feel  immune to them, Theallet, a favorite of Michelle Obama, toned it down with a few black satiny dresses and tops (some with a surprising green or blue underlay) before ending back on the bright with silky, dramatic, colorful gowns. - Tina Chadha
 

2. Tibi

When you think of Tibi, you think of fun prints — which is why it was so odd to see this spring show with hardly any florals or graphics. Instead, designer Amy Smilovic started with simple whites before sending down soft-colored separates in periwinkle, salmon and seafoam. There was a brief moment of prints and color-blocking; but minimal, solid-hued items ruled the show. The standouts were her slouchy pants paired with cool tanks and stylish, laid-back suits. They were perfect for busy, fashion-minded ladies who would rather not fuss with a precious dress at work. - Tina Chadha

3. Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson took her finale bow to Three Six Mafia’s “Azz and Tittiez,” complete with flashing boobs and bottoms on the runway backdrop. How badass is that? The only problem is, she seemed to take those lyrics too literally with the clothes, which were a little bit Malibu Barbie, a little bit Nicki Minaj and a little bit “Kinky Boots.” It was campy and fun. And we all love her for that. But the clothes, such as a corseted mini dress with a tiny teacup skirt and even tinier bra top, started to veer into costume territory. It’s hard to see them making sense off the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet. - Kenya Hunt 

4. Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra’s girl struggles with her buttoned-up sophisticated side and her desire to unpin her bun and go wild. This season she’s finding a happy balance. Elegant dresses were given a subversive twist with the addition of bondage straps, sheer panels, slits and cutouts. A chain-link print added edge to pretty cocktail dresses and long gowns in champagne and grey tones. Most pieces had a combination of these details — a little leg flashing here, decolletage there —  making them so much more sexy and complex then they appear on first glance.  -Tina Chadha

5. Narciso Rodriguez

Consider this a collection for fashion editors: artful clothes that only the most advanced-level dressers know how to pull off. The looks were beautiful and elegant. But in the wrong hands, his pieced-together, asymmetrical, color-blocked dresses will wear the woman, rather than the other way around. Standouts: a series of pale, ethereal dresses that revealed swirls of sheerness. – Kenya Hunt

7. Michael Kors
Kors tapped into the Africa moment that has been happening this week — only his Africa story was much more centered around the wealthy traveler going on safari than the tribal (this is Michael Kors, after all). Gone were his trademark slick heather gray and camel-colored looks. Instead he showed rustic capes, ponchos, shorts and skirts in camouflage colors and unfussy fabrics such as poplin, linen and cotton — clothes that would work really well for a summer of outdoor music festivals. But there were some glamorous moments for famous ladies, such as front row guests Zoe Saldana and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, in the form of feathery dresses and python shifts and trench coats. – Kenya Hunt


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