Recession designers go to great lengths
So long, miniskirts. The up-to-there trend gave way to longer hemlines at New York Fashion Week.
There were more pants, too, than in recent seasons when the dress ruled the runways. Even designers who showed shorter dresses paired them with leg-warmers for a less leggy look.
On Wednesday, Oscar de la Renta showed long slim skirts for daytime, while Michael Kors had the slim shape just below the knee as well as more free-flowing knits that grazed the floor.
The old saying that hemlines go up in a good economy and down in a bad one is not always the case, but many did see the longer hemline as a reflection of the recession.
"There's a general growing up of fashion after a very difficult year," said Joanna Coles, editor in chief of 'Marie Claire' magazine. "Women don't want dressing up to be so complicated. The hemline dropping is part of that."
Here's the recipe for glamour: a hearty serving of luxe cashmere, slim bodysuits, long skirts and crisp coats, with a few furs tossed in and a dash of sparkle. Then add a little Michael Kors sizzle.
Kors is a favourite among the stylists, editors and retailers because he makes aspirational clothes that look rich and luxurious but are also relatable.
Meanwhile Oscar de la Renta toned down the volume that often comes with his clothes.
Instead, the skirts were long and lean and the gowns slinky with an old Hollywood glamour to them.