Day four of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City has come and gone, but not without creating some major buzz over incredibly covetable looks for the Fall 2008 season.
The first show of the day was Peter Som at the Promenade at 9 a.m. followed by Carolina Herrera. After that, R. Scott French showed his collection at the Salon and Jill Stuart held her how at the New York Public Library.
The afternoon shows included Betsey Johnson at the Tents and Pamella Roland at Salon. Evening shows included Max Azria, Ports 1961 and Iodice finished the day at 9 p.m. at Salon.
The video shows InStyle's recap of the last three days.
Peter Som - Today Som showed his own collection which was full of rich fall fabrics like tweed, fur, wool and flannel. The collection was cozy, yet had a hint of bazaar; he seemed to be bringing back the pajama look Prada showed last season in the form of flannel bathrobes. On Thursday, he will debut the collection he designed for the Bill Blass label. The audience will be similar, but will he design be too?
Carolina Herrera - This collection certainly was a feather in Herrera's cap! The New York-based designer showed off an elegant collection at the Tents that evoked the classic appeal of the English countryside, from riding pants and hunting jackets to fancy dresses. The feathered caps were a little reminiscent of Robin Hood, but added an unmistakable charm to the regal fall looks. Avian influences were felt strongly throughout, and were complimented by a rich autumnal color palette of browns, mustard yellow and blue tones.
Betsey Johnson - As always, Betsey had an extremely wild collection full of extravagant designs and bold colours. It was 20 minutes of very youthful, vibrant fun, and very true to her brand. The audience, which included celebrities like Tyra Banks, sat at cafe-style times complete with bubble gum cigarettes. To the delight of her fans, the platinum blond designer came out at the end of the show to join her models, holding a giant bouquet of balloons.
"Johnson presented the high school 60s and 70s-inspired beatnik wardrobe every girl dreamed she had -- in technicolor," the New York Post wrote of the 65 year old grandmother.
Pamella Roland - The designer behind the label, Pamella DeVos, showed her collection at the Salon. Following Betsey's show, it was tough to maintain the same wild energy, but she managed quite well. "French Cubist Georges Braque, from his vivid, dynamic use of color to his personal style of masculine elegance tempered with an artist's eye," WWD quoted the designer.
Max Azria - Max Azria is the more grown-up version of the brand's other label, BCBG which was shown earlier this week which was decidedly more rock and roll.
Shelling out the cash to pout on a stellar show at Fashion Week is crucial to the success of a fashion designer and very worth it. A single show can easily cost up to $150,000. Tent rentals for $46,000, makeup artists and hairstylists cost another $10,000. Lighting and music for another $33,000, and PR can fetch up to $19,500 alone! Then there are the models, which can charge up to $30,000 each for a single show.
But the sales are worth it.
In case you missed the first three days of fashion week, you can catch up on the shows here:
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