Fall 2007: Fashion Week in Review
In case you don't feel like reading all of my reviews (and I don't blame you--I tend to be a bit verbose), here's a rundown of Fashion Week: my favorite shows, the trends you'll be wearing next fall, and what I thought about Marc Jacobs.

Number of shows I attended:
Number of shows Special Correspondent Leighann attended: 6
Number of shows I missed (mainly due to scheduling conflicts):
Number of shows I tried to talk my way into but failed miserably: 1 (Costello Tagliapietra)

My top five favorite shows (in no particular order)
Michon Schur: A tightly focused collection of girly dresses, beautifully cut coats, and fabulous head wraps and gloves.
VPL: Layers upon layers of cool-girl knitwear with a feminist-cum-military bent.
Nanette Lepore: Totally fun looks for real girls; if only they passed out an order form with the run-of-show sheet.
Ports 1961: Chic, wearable clothes with an avant-garde, Icelandic inspiration that, while odd-sounding, worked.
BCBG: Rock star ensembles for the modern-day Stevie Nicks (but without the drug addiction).

My top five favorite shows that I didn't attend (again, in no particular order)

Phi: Call it variations on a theme: lots of layers all paired with the most to-die-for over-the-knee boots I've ever seen.
Proenza Schouler: Awesome super-slouchy pants and great dresses, all inspired by Paul Poiret. Okay, I'm starting to understand the hype.
Derek Lam: The reviews were mixed, but I loved this Alaia- and Leger-inspired collection.
Yigal Azourel: Totally out of left field, but I think I'd wear nearly every look that came down the runway. Yes, including the menswear.
Daryl K: I know I worship at the altar of Daryl K, but her Klute-inspired collection was full of more must-have looks for downtown girls.

My thoughts on Marc Jacobs...
A week later, I'm still digesting the collection. At first I loved it, then I hated it, and now I'm somewhere in the middle. Yes, it was gorgeous, but it just wasn't the Marc Jacobs we all know and love; really, it was more like Yves Saint Laurent circa 1974. That said, Marc Jacobs is the New York collection that people pay the most attention to, and he has unmeasurable influence on fashion. Everyone seems to be thinking that we're moving away from pretty toward a more streamlined, somber silhouette, so it will be interested to see what happens in Milan and Paris.

Top five fall trends
Metallics: At this point, metallics are, well, the new black. In other words, they're pretty much here to stay. So shine on, you crazy diamonds.

Russian (a.k.a. fur): Fur hats, fur coats, fur trim, fur boots, fur muffs...you get the picture.

Paul Poiret
: Drop waists, Art Deco, cocoon coats, and cloche hats--think 1920s flapper by way of the Costume Institute's spring exhibition subject.

: Jewel tones were all over the runways, but only one was everywhere. It's the color of royalty for a reason, girls.

Wide-Leg Pants
: Eat as many carbs as you want, because for fall, it's all about being a big slouch.

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