Jason Wu (if you still don't know he was the designer Michelle Obama picked to wear for the inaugural ball last month) showed his much anticipated vision for autumn 09 on Friday. And despite his newfound star status shunned the idea of packing his front row with celebrities (Mrs Obama did not come) in favor of a low key show that let the clothes shine. Inspired by Arthur Rackman's illustrations of Alice in Wonderland he confirmed he is the new king of polished, pretty-chic. Cue long floaty, chiffon tired dresses with thick embroidered hems, frothy skirts and metallics. New York was impressed. Expect to see the A-list clamoring for his gowns this year.
Alexander Wang, Manhattan's other wunderkind confirmed he is the go-to designer for hip, edgy downtown chic, exploring what in his words, 'his girls should wear to look grown up'. The feel was grown-up rock chick glam, which could have been the very thing that attracted Topshop's Phillip Green to the show. He sat front row alongside Zoe Kravitz and Sarah Jessica Parker. Could Wang be headed for a collaboration with Topshop along side the ultimate model rock chick Kate Moss? We hope so.
But possibly the show that garnered the most attention was yesterday's Barbie runway. Diane Von Furstenberg, Peter Som, photographer Annie Leibovitz and Heidi Klum (pictured front row) took their seats to help Barbie mark the start of her fiftieth birthday year. Christian Louboutin designed the pink stilettos, Jordan Dunn joined the troop of models who paraded looks designed to showcase fifty years of Barbie's iconic style and uber fashion make-up artist Charlote Tillbury created the Barbie beauty look. The ultimate celebration of American More