Max Azria opened the show with a satin-silk soft yellow dress, the bodice featured block like patches in grey and mustard. Grey, black and neutral tones were patched with velour creating a melting pot for textures on elegantly simple cinched frocks. Hemlines remained conservative, but fun, the cinched dress remained a staple as were free flowing lengthy A-line endeavours. The main trends embraced patching and prints on free flowing and cinched bodices.
J Mendel used the elegance of symmetrical lines, while contrasting stiff form shaping structures with the silhouettes of feminine flowing gowns as they graced the catwalk. White remained a popular shade, as did silver, burnt pink and deep red. "All women have many dimensions, and I wanted my collection to reflect all the moods of a modern woman," Mendel said in his notes. "I wanted the gowns to have the look of couture while keeping an idea of easy elegance clearly in sight," Mendel said. "My dream was to create a collection that would be equally at home on the runway and in reality."
Vera Wang followed a theme of ancient Rome, using draping, togas, pleats and tulle to embrace a popular theme for spring, the free silhouette. The sombre colours added elegance to designs, as did draping and lowered hemlines.
Baby Phat embraced youth and spring to its full potential. High hemlines and colour-blocked swimsuits were the main attraction, candy land stripes and bright colours reflected a fresh season. Rhine stones, crystals and citrus bags complemented the designs. Max Azria