Haute Style: New York Fashion Week with Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Badgley Mishka, Rodarte

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!

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs revealed yet another spectacular show this week when he brought back the glam of his favorite era: The ’70s. The fun, free and sexy spirit of Studio 54 decadence dominated the collection in a procession of sunset shades and fantastical prints. Hot pants were back, as were halter dresses, off-the-shoulder peasant blouses, copper lamé blazers paired with short pants, silk dresses with loud prints, full-length colorful knit dresses à la Missoni, and even a macramé bikini. Accessories were abundant from oversize sunglasses to giant floppy sunhats, gold sequin heels, patent hand-held clutches and obi belts. This was by far the most fabulously fun collection for Spring 2011.

Betsey Johnson

Taking inspiration from her beloved New York City, Betsey continued to channel her rock ’n’ roll roots with a high-energy show, complete with models carrying skateboards, sporting bandages and a giant choker that read “Ride On.” Wild floral frocks with petticoats and sexy, lacy lingerie-like get ups are what we have come to expect from the uniquely eccentric Johnson, and she did not disappoint.

Vera Wang

Wang is celebrating her 20th anniversary this year, and she celebrated her heritage in an East-meets-West theme of cultural and romantic influences. Specifically, she found her muse in Lucy Liu’s character in “Kill Bill,” which resulted in an edgy glamour that did not lose the femininity she is known for. On the contrary, it was confident, strong and sexy in her collection of sleek dresses in black, eggplant, pink and forest green, as well as floral prints.

Badgley Mishka

This year the designers found inspiration in the murder mystery “White Mischief,” creating a sophisticated but soft rendering of wispy chiffon gowns, tulle tops, cotton taffeta shorts and light knitwear, occasionally encrusted with crystal beads. There was a nice synchronicity this season from Mark Badgley and James Mischka between their three lines: the main and couture collections and their contemporary line Mark + James.


Rodarte has had a busy year in regards to their collaborations, which is likely why their newest effort seemed much more accessible to the consumer market. They certainly maintain a level of artisan that is quite separate from the average American designer, but they seem to have achieved a balance that makes their clothes more wearable. Inspired by the forests of their native Northern California, Rodarte incorporated wood-panel prints and embroideries onto tailored sportswear, silk skirts and dresses. Mainstream designers they may never be, and they like it that way.

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Images Courtesy of WWD