Fashion Week’s Best and Worst Models

Pretty in Yellow

Peter Jensen Fall 2010

This woman is Molly Ringwald’s doppelganger. What’s not to love? She’s got Molly’s red hair, her doe eyes, and of course, those infamous lips that made America fall in love with her. If anyone knows her name, please let me know, as I just want to stalk her and gaze at her face all day long while “Don’t You Forget About Me” plays softly in the background.


Proenza Schouler Fall 2010

I don’t mean to be rude, but I simply do not believe that this person was born with a vagina. I’m not opposed to men modeling women’s clothes in edgy photo shoots and such, but if you’re going for cross-dressing on the runway, at least be up front about it. The design is hideous, but the audience isn’t even given the chance to consider what the outfit looks like, since they’re all just trying to get a glimpse up her skirt for proof. I guess if I designed something this ugly, I’d need to put a man in it just to keep people’s focus away from the garment, too.

My Top Model: Tao Okamoto

I think I first noticed her at the Zac Posen show. She already looked familiar, as if I’d seen her in other shows, but I stopped and stared at her perfect features and impossibly adorable bowl haircut for several minutes when I saw her in Posen.

Zac Posen Fall 2010

Tao Okamoto’s stunning face and charming haircut followed me from collection to collection, and I started recognizing her face everywhere.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2010

Jason Wu Fall 2010

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010

Ms. Okamoto, age 22, also walked in the Fall 2010 runway shows for Tommy Hilfiger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Narcisco Rodriguez, Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Lacoste, and many more – around 25 shows in all. A few other ladies may have walked in a few more shows this season, but she got the hottest designers and caught my eye time and time again. She’s pretty versatile – I’ve seen her in formal and casual, girly and edgy and everything in between. Though I prefer her with less makeup, she can certainly also rock a more dramatic, made-up look. I just can’t get enough of her, and though she’s been on the runway since 2006, I hope she stays forever ageless so we can enjoy her beauty in many more runway shows to come.

I’ve got at least three Fashion Week posts left in me, so keep checking back for more!

Fashion Week’s Best: Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta

There was a whole lot of gorgeous happening on the runway this week, so obviously I could not choose one particular best collection or look. I’ve actually chosen 4 different collections as the best of the best. This post will cover Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta’s collections; I’ll have plenty more to say later on about two other delectable designers, plus an additional post with a cornucopia of the best looks from many designers. But for now, let’s look at some beauty.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen Fall 2010

Beautiful from head to toe. I cannot get enough of this particularly talented model’s neverending legs and super-sassy expression. The dress is a unique shape and silhouette and it flows practically like liquid, and it keeps drawing your eye to different places without seeming overworked. I also appreciate when a designer lets their work stand for itself instead of over-accessorizing and distracting from the beauty and intrigue of this dress. It’s wearable but with a touch of intrigue, and this model is wearing the shit out of it. She puts the pose in Posen! (Yeah, I made a pun. You love it.)

Zac Posen Fall 2010

There is a lot to be said for simplicity with a twist. It’s a very spring dress for a fall collection, but not so much that it feels out of place. I just think this is incredibly sellable and wearable. I can’t imagine this not showing up in US Weekly’s “Who wore it better?” section, because every starlet is going to want to wear this everywhere she goes. The colors and the assymetrical panels are so simple but so beautiful, which is basically what Zac Posen is all about.

The Final Look

Zac Posen Fall 2010

Designers tend to choose very formal gowns or their most elaborate red carpet-worthy looks for the final look of their collection, but Posen has made an empire out of cocktail dresses instead of full-length gowns, so I think he was wise to stick with what he knows best. The print, the fabric, and the colors are unbeatable. The pink/red sheer stockings are delicious, if a bit unwearable. (I mean, I’d wear them, but I own an ungodly amount of brightly colored tights. Seriously, it’s weird.) I think this model is a bit too unattractive to be featured in the final look of the collection, but the dress fits her well and flows beautifully.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

This is my personal idea of a perfect look. Over-the-top or avant garde hair and makeup are fun and can be a blast, but for a ready-to-wear collection, this is the look I love. Beautiful and wild hair, exaggerated street makeup (I actually prefer the face to be more bare, just emphasizing lips and eyes, but if I had those cheekbones, I’d paint them up too). And the dress is glorious – the color pops, particularly against the bare-bones background (another argument in favor of surrounding beauty with simplicity so the beauty can shine). Fabulous tailoring, with the rouching/wrinkling effect making her look more sophisticated instead of disheveled, which is a difficult thing to nail. And we don’t see a lot of long-sleeved dresses that aren’t sweaterdresses or shirtdresses or other clothing-dress hybrids. And as my sister Haley has pointed out about the late Alexander McQueen, it’s particularly impressive when a designer who is known for their extravagance (like McQueen and de la Renta) can nail a simple and wearable design. The Zac Posens of the world can rock simplicity, and others can nail the avant garde or ultra-glamorous, but someone who can do both is even more unique.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

As my mother would say, That is a suit. I’d like to cut off the woman’s head, because she actually looks like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but that jacket is exquisite – it would have gone into my Coats post, except for the fact that this is all about the look as a whole. The gloves (are they a part of the coat? If so, that’s awesome, if totally impractical), the tights (I NEED THOSE IN MY GIANT DRAWER OF CRAZY TIGHTS), and it just screams, I am a fabulous fall suit that you’d be an idiot not to want.

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

This deeply saturated, gorgeous blue color popped into several runway collections this year, and for good reason. It’s stunning. And the world always needs a dress draped in a new and interesting way. I’d nix the matchy-matchy purse, but that color really makes her glow.

These weren’t my favorite individual looks overall, but these collections had the largest amount of designs that I loved (besides the two designers I’ll be blogging about later). My full list of the 15 best looks will be up this week.

Don’t take my word blindly. Check out all the beautiful pictures from Zac Posen’s collection and Oscar de la Renta’s collection at New York Magazine.

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