The critics disagreed on the success of Michael Kors's pared-down, architectural collection. WWD saw "plenty of prettiness" and felt Kors's take on sharp lines and strong shoulders was a "breath of fresh air." British Vogue loved the pastel prints (which Cathy Horyn of the Times likened to an ink-cartridge explosion), asserting that he "used painterly touches ... to lovely effect." There were a few misses in the collection, like the slashed cashmere sweaters (Style.com called them "off-key") and the crinkled taffeta skirts ("somewhat dowdy," shrugged Fashion Wire Daily). Horyn was disappointed, asking, "Is this as good as Mr. Kors can do?" But most appreciated the purposeful simplicity of the lineup. The Wall Street Journal deemed the collection "eminently wearable" and Fashion Wire Daily admired its "accessible polish." And though Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune allowed that "there was not much depth" to the looks, she was pleased with the effort overall: "[H]ere is a designer who makes a clear, clean statement."
Watch a slideshow of the Michael Kors collection.
Oscar de la Renta
The critics fawned over Oscar de la Renta's sophisticated, effortlessly elegant show. WWD declared it "Oscar de la Renta at his best." "Mr. de la Renta delivered the clothes of a real pro," lauded Cathy Horyn of the Times. "Virtually every garment held your interest." British Vogue heralded the collection as "a study in elegance," and Fashion Wire Daily deemed it an "impressive, options-packed tour de force." In a week packed with dangerously short minidresses, Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune noted that De La Renta's cocktail dresses, which hit just above the knee, had the "impeccable drape and finish of a master." (Fashion Wire Daily agreed: "[Y]ou could tell these looks would flatter a 'normal' woman's body.") The standouts were the elaborate evening gowns, "fit for a queen or any socialite," as The Wall Street Journal put it. In the end, "[t]he house put out a carnival of breathtaking embroidered looks ... all presented with a masterful virtuosity and grace," concluded Fashion Week Daily.
Watch a slideshow of the Oscar de la Renta collection.
3.1 phillip lim
Though the critics grappled with the showier elements of the 3.1 phillip lim collection, most agreed that the clothes would please the label's loyal customers. The embellished frocks and demure trenches were "the kind of thing you would picture on Gossip Girl's uptown princess Blair Waldorf," ventured The Wall Street Journal. British Vogue called it a "delightfully modern, exceptionally detailed" lineup, admiring the feminine, fanciful clothes. Several critics felt that a few of the beaded, intricate dresses were a bit over the top — perhaps an attempt to attract more celebrity clients. "They just seemed too complicated for the casual glamour the designer was seeking," assessed Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune. Style.com agreed that there were "perhaps a few too many" elements adorning the dresses, surveying the array of pleats, leather, and sequins. Noting similarities between previous Rodarte and Prada collections, WWD "couldn't shake the feeling that we'd been there, done that." Still, it was a crowd-pleasing show. "This was a collection to sell, sell, sell, no matter what the prevailing wisdom," concluded Style.com.
Watch a slideshow of the 3.1 phillip lim collection.
Most Viewed Stories
It’s Finally Possible to Understand What Happened to Amanda Knox
The Very Uncomfortable Experience of Rewatching Election in 2016
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Reportedly Broke Up
Trump Campaign Manager Accidentally Refers to His ‘Abuse’ of Women on Live TV
Ask a Boss: My Co-worker Wants Everyone to Call Her Boyfriend Her ‘Master’!
Ask Polly: Should I Try to Help My Alcoholic Friend?
Outrageous Party Photos From Andy Warhol’s Factory Days
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Chelsea Clinton Says She Didn’t Initially Know Her Mom Had Pneumonia Because She Was Trying to Power Through It
YogaToes Cured My Lifelong Fear of Bunions
From Our Partners
Who What Wear
The Zoe Report
powered by PubExchange
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.