Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 6 NYFW: Fasten ... Seatbelts; Going Places

The Trias Fall 2011 collection is more Zen than it has been in the past. Photo from Getty Images.

HEAD’S UP: It’s now a tradition at VEVLYN’S PEN. The plan each day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is to give a roundup of the best (and worse where applicable) and most interesting, from shows to trends to sightings to the rather unusual/bizarre. This go round Yours Truly has a wingwoman in the person of Dame Francesca Simon. Even with two of us, though, we really, really can’t be everywhere. But we will be where something is happening and will keep you in the loop. Drum roll, please …

Day 6
(SOME of the players at the tents and elsewhere): A Détacher, Badgley Mischka, Bibhu Mohapatra, Bodkin, Dennis Basso, Diesel Black Gold, Frank Tell, Karen Walker, Halston, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, J. Mendel, Jen Kao, Juan Carlos Obando, Kelly Wearstler, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Mackage, Narciso Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, RAD by Rad Hourani, Rodarte, Sergio Davila, Sophie Theallet, Tibi, TRIAS, Vera Wang

year ago when Joaquín Trías made his debut at Fashion Week, on the last day no less, he showed one of the best collections of the week. The fabrics were of the finest silk organzas and so forth. He sent out gorgeous blouses and exquisite funnel skirts.

Alas, while the latter were simply breathtaking, they constricted the movement of the models. Some were practically hobbling down the runway. Asked about it after the show, Trias seemed to shrug and say, "But aren't they simply beautiful." In fact, he said something along the lines of if a woman is at a cocktail party, for instance, she would not need to move around too much. The architect clearly had opted for form over function.

That was then, this is now. For Fall 2011, JT is less rigid – more relaxed and down to earth. The designer is striving for a balance between both beauty and accessibility.

More from Trias and Day 6 shortly. Meanwhile see shows/highlights:

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