The catwalks were infused with a party spirit yesterday as Marc Jacobs brought the '70s back to life with huge hair and tiny hotpants and Betsey Johnson came cycling down the runway. Colours were bright and the mood was energetic at day five of New York Fashion Week...
Natural woman: Inspired by the elements, down to the canyonlike backdrop and sand-strewn catwalk, Donna Karan delivered a collection celebrating the female form. The palette of earthy tones encompassed chic separates like crinkled jackets and filmy skirts and trousers, with airy chiffon gowns and delicate embellished dresses.
New York calling: London-based designers Jenny Packham and William Tempest headed to NYFW to show their spring/summer 2011 collections. While Packham delivered her specialty (lots of embellished eveningwear and goddess gowns that are sure to hit the red carpet on Taylor Swift one day soon), Tempest presented a romantic collection of frothy dresses and chiffon frocks inspired by mermaids, sirens and other mythical creatures.
Tour de Betsey: Those Betsey girls sure know how to have fun. The designer's rollicking catwalk show was an homage to New York this season, celebrating the theme of transportation: models sported bandages, rode skateboards in stripper heels and wore track jackets, gold biker shorts and chokers that read "Ride Me" (they even had false eyelashes which resembled bicycle spokes accenting their neon green eye makeup). Then came flirty sailorwear and the Betsey specialty, playful prom dresses, splattered with neon paint.
Jersey girls: Marios Schwab presented his second collection for Halston and brought sexy back with revamped house classics like the jersey dress, which he draped, folded and embellished with hardware. The palette, including shades of blush and coral, was inspired by wild orchids.
Eastern promises: Society girls will be wearing Carolina Herrera's Korean-inspired-meets-18th-century-botanical collection come spring, which featured plenty of origami pleating and floral embellishment, on crisp blouses and skirts for day and dramatic long gowns for evening.
That 70s Show: Marc Jacobs resurrected the spirit of Studio 54 with his flamboyant homage to the era of glam with big hair, glittery eye makeup and plenty of sheen in his 70s-inspired spring/summer collection. By day, his ladies wore satin hotpants, belted trenches, candy-stripe knits and wide-leg trousers, by night, sheer kaftans with halter necks and sky-high slits and colour-blocked cotton dresses. Giant flower corsages - in the hair and on the clothes - are a must. Alexa Chung was front row.