Throughout the week, New York's biggest buyers will be filling us in on which runway looks they plan to snatch up for spring. Today, Ann Watson, vice-president, fashion director for Henri Bendel has her eye on Yigal Azrouël's pencil skirt, Josh Goot's scuba dresses, and L.A.M.B.'s leopard prints.
Yigal's seamless mixing of precious pieces with ultracasual items resulted in a collection that's in sync with a modern woman's needs. I loved the matte gold-sequin pencil skirt mixed with a well-worn T-shirt, and his chic long jersey dresses detailed with braided leather or jute straps. He also sent down a to-be-coveted linen cloche hat in an array of perfect spring colors: marigold, mango, mustard, and grass green.
Watch a slideshow of the Yigal Azrouël collection.
Nothing is more exciting than seeing a young designer stretch beyond his comfort zone. Josh showed his great signature body-conscious scuba dresses, which looked terrific, but he also debuted new silhouettes that were looser and more fluid. His standout pieces were either color-blocked or printed. The water-print tank in black and white, the color-blocked long-sleeved chemise, and his finale, a multicolored tiered jersey dress, were all perfect for spring.
Watch a slideshow of the Josh Goot collection.
Gwen Stefani knows her girl, has a strong vision, and knows how to put on a great show. She took some of the influences we saw during the fall collections and made them all her own. Her spring show is chock-full of great items: the new spring suit—a prep-school blazer worn with shorts, mod little dresses, black and white graphic prints — beautiful lace blouses, sequin tops, bold oversize leopard prints, and the perfect one-shoulder Grecian white-and-black-trim jersey dress.