INSPIRATION: Timeless Poalo Roversi photographs of classical-but-edgy model Guinevere van Seenus
TOP LOOKS: Slim straight-leg pants cut from silk crepe; slouchy suiting with double-wide trousers; flirty dresses in cotton-candy pastels; a silk twill vest suit with a surprise, sexy draped crossover in back; thick, butter-soft, layered cable-knit sweaters
ACCESSORIES: Shoes by LD Tuttle; jewelry by cool-girl favorite Melissa Joy Manning
WHO WAS THERE: A good mix of retail buyers and editors. No celebs.
WHAT WE THOUGHT: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. Doo-Ri Chung might have had that adage in mind this season, as she quietly showed a collection featuring more of what she does best: her signature draped jerseys mixed with strong tailored pieces.
She started the show with a run of looks in head-to-toe white, or -- to be accurate -- cream, ivory, putty, and light taupe. It read as monochromatic but didn't feel boring with all that texture. There was silk every which way, as well as micropleated leather, ruched suede, cable knitting, crochet, and crinkled chiffon. It was all layered together and it all worked.
In that mix was a proposal for a new tuxedo, consisting of a must-have slim crepe trouser paired with either a floaty silk blouse or a tiny leather cropped top, depending on how many Pilates classes you've made it to recently.
Speaking of abs, there were quite a few peeps of them, in keeping with what's shaping up to be a peek-a-boo trend this season (not unlike the Spring 2010 runways). We saw skin under abbreviated tops, through carefully placed slits and sheer shirting, and in back with surprise sexy cutaways. Some of the prettiest looks of the show came toward the end: flirty, cotton-candy-colored dresses that should carry a girl straight through the summer.
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