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At the Tents: Michael Kors, Marchesa, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rodarte

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It's the last day of Fashion Week! While we do a little jig, enjoy our recaps of the most recent shows.


[At left, Michael Kors; at right, Marchesa. Photos via]

Michael Kors' fall collection was a throwback to the well-dressed women of the 1950's. He paired pencil skirts with little cashmere sweaters, and polished the looks with skinny belts and thick tortoiseshell eyeglasses. The knockout collection incorporated a color palette unlike any we've seen so far at Fashion Week: violet and lilac were mixed with olive, camel, rich browns and grays. PETA, however, will not be pleased with everybody's favorite Project Runway personality: nearly every piece was accented with a fur collar, featured a mink stole, or was finished with a full-on fur coat.
· Photos of Michael Kors [Coutorture]

We thought by now we'd definitely be over Marchesa's Grecian-styled gowns and huge signature organza floral adornments. But after seeing their fall collection, we're not tired of them at all—in fact, we love them more than ever. Designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig did not so much recycle their well-known looks as strengthen them. Their gorgeous flowing gowns and glamorous minis were more assertive than past collections. It's not easy making a woman look empowered while wearing a hyperfeminine dress with ten million ruffles or roses attached to it, but Marchesa achieves this delicate balance.
· Photos of the Marchesa show [Style.com]


[At left, 3.1 Phillip Lim; at right, Rodarte. Photos via]

3.1 Phillip Lim was a curious collection that mixed cool and conceptual. The cuts and colors were noteworthy, but the overall looks were confused by lots of fabric, layering, and rouching. He accessorized the collection with bold jewelry that looked surrealist and hats that evoked Robin Hood. We're digging the cropped velvet jacket but feeling ...uncertain...about this show in general.
· Photos of 3.1 Phillip Lim [NY Mag]

If you're going to go high fashion, you might as well go all the way, and that is exactly what Rodarte did for their spectacular fall collection show. The dresses were gauzy, delicate, and daring, worn with black or white spiderweb stockings and (what looked like) 17 inch heels. These numbers are better suited for a costume party than a cocktail one, but they are fantastical nonetheless.
· Photos from the Rodarte show [Fashionista]