Day one was brimming with excitement, setting the tone for another stunning week of fashionable festivities with Spring 2010 collections revealed by BCBG Max Azria, Rosa Chá, Ports 1961, Duckie Brown and David Elfin.
Sadly, the harsh NY Fashion Week reality is that as much as you'd like to cram the entire day's schedule in, it's nearly impossible to see every single show, unless you have a team of assistants, interns and clones on hand. Which is why everyone admitted into the Promenade tent was pleased as punch to get three, count 'em three-shows-in-one sitting from the Spring fashion trifecta - Mara Hoffman, Nicholas K and Whitney Eve.
Mara Hoffman and Nicholas Kunz decided to join forces together again, sharing the catwalk for another season, and this time they brought Hot Child in The City, Whitney Port, along for the ride. Here's my rundown of fashion week's triple threat and those impeccable designs prancing down the Promenade runway.
Mara Hoffman - As a Miami girl, I felt more than at home viewing a luminous collection that consisted mostly of soft, flowing and romantic Spring gowns that I would definitely wear cruising down Lincoln Road come April. I smiled at the sight of gorgeous ethnic and geometric prints that were totally reminiscent of the breezy, visually interesting and easy to wear Swim designs and coverups I saw back in the Miami Fashion Week tents in July. Nice to see that Mara took a little piece of the MIA back home with her for inspiration.
Nicholas K - Urban, hip, ecclectic. In short, a cooler than all get out collection. Men's and women's hipster designs were influenced by everything I loved about the 80's with madras, color blocks and prints strutting their Nicky K stuff. Cool baggy pants, walking shorts, cardigans and model chicks in flats gave this show a cool, effortless and funky vibe and it was nice to see some preppy dudes making their way down the runway.
Whitney Eve - Whitney, you've paid your Hills and City dues and have made your fans proud. I fell in love with your sleek, sophisticated dresses and shorts that showed off long legs and pretty metallics. Embracing femininity was the name of the Whitney Eve game and my only problem with the collection was that my legs aren't long enough to show my favorites off.
Day One down, eight more to go.