Fashion Week: The Usual Suspects at Luca Luca, Rebecca Taylor, Charlotte Ronson


Runway shows are a funny thing. From the time the first model hits the catwalk until the last, the show takes approximately 12 minutes. But for about 45 minutes, pre-showtime, the waiting room consists of people-watching, more specifically celeb-watching. The depressing element is that the people considered celebrities at most of these fashion shows are “reality stars” or actors on the CW Network. “I wish I knew what the fuss was about,” a guy dressed in a beige three-piece suit said to his friend as he watched photographers swarm around the front-row guests. We almost said: Have you seen One Tree Hill? but refrained. Back to the real reason why we’re here:

The show got underway at Luca Luca as Solange Knowles rushed in last minute. The label by Milan native Luca Orlandi, known for showing feminine, brightly colored dresses, did more of the same while blending loosely fitted slacks and short-shorts in neon green and light blue, with some remarkable translucent pieces in black. The show didn’t have much cohesiveness, aside from headbands, as it flipped between long, flowy gowns in navy blue and green and mid-length dresses in white and black, and ended with a polka-dot dress.

Rebecca Taylor, the New Zealand designer who is a favorite among young actresses and socialites, changed things up this season big-time. Instead of the flowery-patterned short skirts and silky spring blouses, Taylor exhibited lots of grays and neon green (more neon green!). We found it to be modernly casual, a sort of futuristic aesthetic — the models sported slicked-back hair with a streak of blue and green eyeshadow. Ironically, the runway show playlist consisted of ’80s tunes. We love how Taylor has transitioned from using florals to using tribal patterns, and garnished each outfit with a string of beads.

We’re always excited to cover a Charlotte Ronson show, because it’s never short of drama and/or hype — and usually carries out both. Seen in the front row were Kelly Osbourne, Peaches Geldof, Patricia Field — with corn-rows and an over-sized gray blazer — Russell Simmons, his niece Vanessa Simmons a row away, Nicky Hilton, Joy Bryant, Margherita Missoni, and a bunch of other regulars. Apparently, buns are in, as every other woman was sporting one atop her head.

Like always, Charlotte’s sister Samantha provided a lively, hip soundtrack made up ’90s alt-rock, and it went perfectly with the beautifully crafted grungy-chic collection. Ronson showcased remarkable sets of navy blue crochet tank-tops and long skirts, though we weren’t fans of the denim color-block shorts and jacket. Ronson knows how to dress young girls, but we’ve seen her develop a sense of maturity, and this collection exemplifies that.