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Fall 2010 Runway Recaps: Part 1

February 21, 2010

I could easily spend months recapping my favorite Fall runway collections. However, rather than inundate you with pages and pages about the ladylike aesthetic at Oscar de la Renta and the gowns at red carpet staple Marchesa, I’m going to go rapid-fire. Keep reading for an outline of my favorite collections, highlight photos, and tips on how to recreate the look.

Badgley Mischka:

Badgley Mischka was full of romantic gowns, cocktail dresses, and sleek daywear in a neutral palette of black, ivory, and silver. This collection will be popular among the celebrity set for its glamour and urban sophistication. The runway show began with a series of elegant gowns in black, cerulean, maroon, silver, and ivory. Nary a feminine detail was spared; ruffles, rosettes, and jewels covered every gown. The show progressed to black and gray cocktail dresses, ranging from refined and ladylike to edgy and youthful. The collection was finished with ivory and silver daytime looks that are sure to be seen at trendy restaurants in Hollywood next season. To translate this look into your own closet, search for feminine details such as rosettes and ruffles; luxe materials such as silk, fur, and cashmere; and clean, simple lines in a classic, neutral palette.

Carolina Herrera:

The strong color palette of scarlet, gold, and Prussian blue contrasted beautifully with the ladylike silhouettes and 1940’s throwbacks at Carolina Herrera last week. Luxurious materials and elegant accessories – gloves, hats, belts – added a romantic touch to the collection. The runway show featured A-line coats, form-fitting evening gowns, one-shouldered dresses, and boxy blouses over wide-leg pants. The collection jumped between day looks and evening dresses, involved a wide range of colors and prints, and featured varied silhouettes; however, the show felt cohesive because every look felt like it had come out of the closet of an impossibly chic, elegant woman. Incorporate elements of this collection into your own wardrobe through rich reds, blues, golds, and tans, and adding old-fashioned accessories such as hats and gloves.

Christian Siriano:


While Siriano’s fourth NYFW collection lacked the drama of his past efforts, this season’s runway show was a refreshing step back to basics. Inspired by European women in the sixties, Siriano created a collection that mainly featured strong, feminine separates in his signature color, black. He also included several pieces made out of a gorgeous gray chevron knit, the occasional metallic silver piece, and pops of cobalt and magenta. Silhouettes included close-fitting jackets, ladylike trench coats, sheath cocktail dresses, floor-length halter dresses, and a series of three fantastic gowns that closed the show. I could easily see any of these looks on chic professionals: Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld spring to mind. To channel Siriano’s Fall look, focus on black and gray separates with professional tailoring.

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Which Fall collections from NYFW were your favorites? Let me know which ones you’d like to see in upcoming runway recaps!

Mademoiselle Hannah

One Comment leave one →
  1. beautybedazzle permalink
    February 24, 2010 2:37 pm

    Hi Hannah,
    Thanks for your wonderful comment! I completely agree that it’s kinda nice to self-indulge before class even though it may seem kind of superficial at times. But heck you have to make school fun somehow right?! Love your blog, keep up the good work. I think you and I have similar goals in life except I have one too many beauty products hehe. Keep up the good work! I’ll start to follow you on my personal blog, I just started it so it’s fairly empty. Keep in touch :)

    Nicole- College Fashion

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