Nicholas K, Whitney Eve & Mara Hoffman Spring 2010

Where & When: Thursday, September 10th at 2 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Fashion shows tend to last, at maximum, 10 minutes. However, put three of them together and 30 minutes seems like a very long time. I'm just saying. Nicholas K started out the show with a jarring series of brightly colored '80s-inspired looks but segued into more familiar territory with her signature slouchy, draped shapes in dusty plaids and neutrals. Next came Whitney Port's Whitney Eve collection, and perhaps no one told her that this was spring, not fall, because the Dynasty-goes-to-L.A. looks were heavy on metallic and brocade fabrics that aren't exactly suited to warmer temperatures. Mara Hoffman closed the show with what she does best: flirty jersey dresses in brightly colored prints.
Standout Look: Nicholas K is at its best with cool, loose-fitting casual looks, like this open-front jacket, tee, and harem-esque pants-the look is easygoing and totally feels like spring. Whitney Eve was filled with no-brainer party dresses like this one, soon to be seen in paparazzi shots of your favorite reality starlets as they stumble drunk out of Les Deux. Mara Hoffman didn't necessarily reinvent the wheel with any of her printed dresses, but when they're as great as this kaleidoscope-print number, why not stick with what you know?
Bonus Points: When so many shows feature anonymous techno music, it's fun to be able to sing along. So props for "She's Like a Rainbow" by the Rolling Stones, "Ooh La La" by Goldfrapp, "Take Me I'm Yours" by Squeeze, and "Sweet Dreams Are Made of This" by the Eurythmics.
Where to Buy: Click here for Nicholas K; here for Whitney Eve; and here for Mara Hoffman.

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