Perhaps it’s the fascination with Mad Men or the fact that we have to be tough to make it in this economy, but pinstripes, herringbone, tweed, muted plaids, crisp shirts and sleek pants (and pantsuits) were everywhere. But most designers took the idea of menswear and gave it a feminine twist. Diane Von Furstenberg said in the program for her show, “I always wanted to live a man’s life in a woman’s body.” Her clothing for fall consisted of men’s suiting with a twist — she had a double-breasted jacket embellished with rosettes paired with cropped pants, another outfit had a black double-breasted jacket over a metallic cocktail dress. KMart showed a black and gray herringbone coat, a gray tweed vest and a black shadow-striped pinstripe suit. We also saw pinstripes at Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren (above). New brand Callula Lillibelle had a tailored white shirt that would work equally well under a suit jacket, alone with a skirt or with jeans. Alexander Berardi also showed several crisp white shirts and shirtdresses with narrow pants and even suspenders (though his suspenders were embellished with rosettes). Douglas Hannant showed black and white houndstooth suits and dresses; one was trimmed with feathers. DKNY’s show popped with the borrowed-from-your-boyfriend looks: tailored blazers, stadium coats, and sexy dresses and skirts done in traditional menswear fabrics like small plaids and tweeds, while Tahari showed severely tailored business suits with tiny hemlines to offset the cut.
The look that rocked London in the ’60s is back with a vengeance — the micro-mini ruled the runway at DKNY, Jill Stuart, Mackage, Kardashians for Bebe, and alice + olivia. Milly by Michelle Smith (above) gave the classic tweed suit a twist with bright colors and a teeny hemline. Andy & Debb had a high-waisted sequined black micro-mini skirt and a flapper-style micro-mini dress with black fringe. For after five, Monique Lhuillier showed sequined and brightly colored micro-minis. Halston had a great gray micro-mini that would work for day with dark tights and flats.