Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Perry Ellis, Rebecca Taylor, Paola Hernandez, and Custo Barcelona (VIDEO)


We’re in the midst of Fashion Week, and we find ourselves barely breathing. The Kim Kardashian-sighting backstage at Charlotte Ronson caused major madness with everyone trying to get a bit closer to the booty, but that’s not what has our head spinning. The sight of male models strutting in tight PJ’s at Perry Ellis had us on the brink of a fainting spell, though the desperation of a real housewife trying to hog the cameras was beyond unbearable. Speaking of all things nauseating, we still have a hangover from the bizarre Custo Barcelona show last night — we’re not sure if we were drugged or if the clothes were to blame.

John Crocco, creative director of Perry Ellis, brought out a mix of preppy and hipster with his Fall 2011 menswear line. We found this line an incredibly refined look for a young man. Unlike Duckie Brown, which showcased an urban look, Perry Ellis was completely sharp, with tailored military jackets, plaid slacks, and dark blues, grays, greens, and subtle touches of white — ideal for a man who wants to be taken seriously without compromising a sense of self. Our favorite part of the show came at the end when all the male models did a final exit walk in PJ’s.

As always, designer Rebecca Taylor brought the heavyweight C-list socialites, actresses, and reality fame whores. But back to the clothes for a second. We’ve always been a fan of Taylor’s ultra-fem colors and designs, and once again Taylor’s collection was filled with flowy skirts both short and long, silk dresses, slacks, and something we’ve seen a lot of this season, dress blouses worn with pants. Her previous lines have been more contemporary in both patterns and cuts, whereas this season Taylor made an ode to the ’70s, using pleats, maroons, larger flower prints, and loose-fitting silk blouses.

It’s understandable why loads of young women would be attracted to this line, and we’re fine with seeing Michelle Trachtenberg, model Maggie Rizer, and UK fashion personality Louise Roe in the front row, but a real housewife? Come on. We had to ask at least five people if they knew the reality star’s name. It was Ramona Singer.

Of all the shows we attend during Fashion Week, Charlotte Ronson is always a main one on our radar. It’s not simply for Ronson’s famous family ties (brother is music producer Mark Ronson, and DJ Samantha Ronson, the on-and-off again girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan and Charlotte’s sister, always provides the soundtrack to the shows) — we truly love going for the clothes themselves. This season Ronson has evolved from flirty young fem-wear to a grown-up style full of knitted sweaters, wool shorts, and wide-leg slacks. The main color here was military green.

At previous shows Lohan has stirred up chaos by being at Ronson’s side, but this season the one inciting the flashing lights was Kim Kardashian, arriving backstage. We’re not quite sure if Kardashian was ever able to exit the barrage of photographers to see the show itself. In case she didn’t, here’s a complete video:

Mexican fashion designer Paola Hernandez hosted one of the best presentations we’ve seen in a long time. On the 14th floor of the W Hotel in midtown, Hernandez had two rooms with models casually posing or “acting” as they wore her slick all-black designs, which featured a layered aesthetic and chic sophistication. She also designed the shoes and stylish silver jewelry. Though, not all the models were just models — some of them were artists who were actually drawing, sculpting, photographing right there. Hernandez said she hired artists to model her clothes to show the creativity behind her fashions.

The only star at the Custo Barcelona show was Wyclef Jean, who seemed disappointed he wasn’t causing a major fuss. The real fuss here was the line, which had our head spinning, making us think someone had spiked our drink. The mishmash of colors and patterns is like a Missioni line sewn together with outdated Urban Outfitters wear. The co-ed show ran way longer than it should have (20 models with three changes each), especially considering that each outfit is extremely layered; it takes a while to figure out where it begins and where it ends. Some of the women’s dresses were stunning, with feathery sleeves and fringe, but the patchy look on the men’s jackets and pants was completely confusing. Would men actually wear this?

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