Early reviews from the spring 2010 shows are mainly positive, with a few sharply worded low points.
Most critics heaped fawning praise on Jason Wu's confident, feminine collection of demure tweed and tulle day dresses and feathered frocks, with the exception of Cathy Horyn. "WOW," gushed British Vogue. WWD saw "greater surety and sophistication" than in past collections. "The clothes – they'll sell," predicted the Wall Street Journal, owing to easy wearability and luxe fabrics that "look like a million bucks." (Although "maybe they'll cost that much.") Fashion Wire Daily praised Wu's creative use of feathers and crystals to flatter the "shape and motion of the female form." But grumpy Cathy Horyn felt the collection had a certain "banality" and found the clothes too prissy, comparing them to fussy truffles: "Have you ever become completely irritated by a box of chocolate? You know the kind: concept chocolate, artfully arranged in a just-so box, flavors exotic and trying."
Watch a slideshow of the Jason Wu collection.
Charlotte Ronson's eclectic mash-up of tulle, acid-washed denim, studs, and shoulder pads won raves from the critics. Fashion Wire Daily deemed the collection "deliciously downtown," and "well in step with the current edgy, moody lady zeitgeist." "This was Ronson's strongest collection yet," declared the WSJ, and full of clothes fit for a "take-no-prisoners pretty girl." From the "cotton-candy tulip skirts" to a "hell-bent leather bomber ... it all worked seamlessly," lauded Fashion Week Daily. ("These ballerinas are downtown girls," agreed Style.com.)
Watch a slideshow of the Charlotte Ronson collection.
The critics came down hard on Luca Luca's seventies-inspired spring collection. It was "riddled with ruffles, force-fed with predictable cuts, and staged with little real enthusiasm," groused Fashion Wire Daily, calling the show "a poor advertisement for American fashion." The seventies isn't a decade that is "currently trending in the fashion world," noted Style.com, complaining that the clothes "didn't offer a clear new way of looking at the reference." WWD offered faint praise, admiring "glimpses of strong workmanship" in a yellow pleated skirt and matching jacket but calling short, bright blue and yellow jersey dresses the "weak link." Style.com called out "costumey" wide-leg jumpsuits and high-waisted trousers, as well as "awkward" and "out of place" funnel-necked suits. "Where great collections can soar, this one stumbled around."
Watch a slideshow of the Luca Luca collection.
Nicole Miller's "streamlined, sporty, and sexy" spring collection was deemed a success by the critics. Style.com loved the "marketable idea" of "body con that wasn't too 'body,'" with admirably restrained graphic cutouts and sheer paneling. The pieces fused "nighttime sparkle with athleticism" Fashion Week Daily declared, lauding a collection that was "at once delicate and bold." Miller went "full throttle" with an urban, slightly aggressive aesthetic, sending out a lineup for "ladies who are lean and mean in the best possible way," WWD said. On the downside, British Vogue voiced a common sentiment: "The fashion envelope was far from pushed."
Watch a slideshow of the Nicole Miller collection.
Most Viewed Stories
Aubrey Plaza Is Currently Serving Up the Most Terrifying Performance on TV
The Only Woman Mike Pence Is Allowed to Eat Alone With Is His Wife
Chris Evans Has Only Nice, Beautiful Things to Say About Jenny Slate
The Makeup Police Have Come to Arrest Alicia Keys
Michelle Kwan’s Husband Filed for Divorce
Bobbi Brown on Why She Really Left Her Brand and Resisted Making a Contour Palette, and Her Next Moves
Ali Wong Loves Kondo-ing So Much, She Named Her Daughter After It
Justin Theroux Bought a Piñata for Jennifer Aniston, But There Was No Candy Inside
Maxine Waters on Why She Decided ‘to Take the Gloves Off and Go for It’
All the Things Women Are Doing Wrong
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.