Haute Style: NYC Fashion Week Report Two

Haute Style is on the scene at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, reporting to you the latest fashion trends as they happen, so be sure to check back for all the latest news!

Christian Siriano

After winning Project Runway, Christian Siriano has continued to grow as a designer and learned to tame his wild creativity into wearable looks. For Fall 2010, in his fourth post-television collection, Siriano showed signs of maturity as he restrained his designs to create a sea of beautiful organza blouses, modernized little black dresses, tailored pantsuits, stylish jackets, textured skirts and the stunning organza pink evening dress saved for the finale, which inspired a standing ovation. His inspiration was the head-to-toe propriety of European women in the 1960s, which was more than evident on the runway. It may not have been as overtly edgy as his past lines, but Siriano has found the balance that makes his garments marketable to women of any age.

Jason Wu

A favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, Jason Wu has also been under pressure to evolve as a young designer in the media spotlight. Wu did not disappoint his ever-growing fan base with his continued lady-like, pretty and polished parade of dresses. A lovely mix of fabrications included everything from satin to ivory lace, feather to tulle, and even cashmere with metallic detailing. Wu drew inspiration from Irving Penn, both the late photographer’s personal style and his work, which make these delicate dresses a must have for any cocktail party this fall.

Nicole Miller

Inspired by the New York City landscape, Nicole Miller incorporated graphic prints and crisscross paneling into her latest effort for fall. As a long time dress staple for many women, Miller continued to produce classic form-fitting pieces, often relying on her penchant for ruching. But there were also the additions of many “urban jungle” items including structured wool coats, leather bombers, asymmetrical cashmere pieces and sharp vests. The collection relied heavily on a dark palette, which consisted of almost all black, with the occasional use of subdued colors like olive and ash, along with this seasons prints. The mixed modern cuts made for a safe collection, which reflects the current reality of fashion.

Costello Tagliapietra

This Brooklyn based design team consisting of Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, proved once again why they excel at creating beautiful, unfussy dresses. Masters of their signature draping, the designers presented a collection of gorgeous, fluid, and feminine dresses and separates in an array of rosy browns, soft oranges, and golds that will have you running for the boutiques this fall alongside their dedicated cult fashion following. After a recent trip to Japan, the boys “started thinking about traditional Japanese fashion, and early-eighties Comme, and Yohji, which (they) love,” and your wardrobe surely will too. This collection was indeed a step forward in the Costello Tagliapietra vision that should be brought to your attention.


Designer Adam Lippes’ Fall 2010 fashion show was filled with aviator-inspired layers in a myriad of textures and fabrics, including shearling jackets and incredible knit sweaters and dresses in rich earth tones that had buyers furiously scribbling in their notebooks. The show opened with a caramel-colored pleated leather dress, followed by inspired bomber jackets, flowing silk olive and cream dresses, cashmere pants, and metallic painted cable knit sweaters. It was sexy, strong, and sophisticated for everyday fashion, making this collection an elegant addition to any woman’s wardrobe. If you have not been yet, make sure to stop in at the Adam store at 678 Hudson St. in NYC and stock up on his essentials.

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