New York Fashion Week in Review: My Favorite Shows

Of the 34 shows I attended, here are my favorites, in no particular order.

Chado Ralph Rucci
Rucci is an artist, fabric is his medium, and watching his show felt like being in a living, breathing museum. His deconstructed and reconstructed pieces elevate fashion to a new level.

Christian Cota
This up-and-coming designer drew Anna Wintour herself with his assured collection of hand-painted patterns, a lovely mix of textures, and a strong cubist inspiration.

The jackets of all shapes, the kicky pleated skirts, the colorblocked knits...Donna Karan's spot-on sportswear was equal parts Art Deco dame and Upper East Side schoolgirl, a mix evocative of the NYC streets from which Karan draws her inspiration.

Tony Cohen
The best draped dresses of the week, and some great asymmetrical coats too. Let's hope this Dutch designer's wares are easier to find in the U.S. by fall.

Michael Angel
An exploration of textures, silhouettes, and materials proves that this Australian designer can do far more than body-conscious digital prints.

Nicole Miller
Sexy dresses, strong coats, and lots of black: Nicole Miller knows what city women really want.

Irina Shabayeva
A thoroughly enjoyable collection of fantastic coats, rocker pants, and, oh yes, fur that's sure to delight your inner Russian. (And, yes, I was just as surprised as you are.)

Nanette Lepore
A coloful interlude amidst a sea of black collections, these are the clothes that inspire women to shop.

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