The putty palette of Bodkin's fall 2011 collection--a range of browns, tans, grays--felt overly drab at first glance. Luckily, chic silhouettes crafted by designer Eviana Hartman, saved the day. From pleated skirts--the only concession to what's trending on the runways now-- to a peg leg pant and then slouchy, hooded sweaters, the shapes were relaxed and obviously comfortable, as Hartman intended. Best of all, you could instantly see each item becoming a love-worn part of your wardrobe. Additional kudos for the footwear (stacked wedges and tasseled oxfords were amazing) and bold gold cuffs which added an unexpected touch of glam to this comfy-chic collection.
Jonathan Simkhai Fall 2011: Slick Simplicity
Given the architectural lines and graphic patterns present in up-and-comer Jonathan Simkhai's fall offerings, it's pretty fitting the New York designer chose to hold his presentation at the Zach Feuer Gallery in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district. Working with the same menswear-inspired aesthetic that's earned him many fans among the fashion flock, Simkhai mixed double-breasted camel blazers with skinny cranberry-colored pants and leather tees with side-buckled flannel mini-kilts. While certain elements of his collection felt a bit familiar--how many iterations of the chunky V-neck sweater layered atop a buttoned-all-the-way-up oxford have we seen now?--there were also plenty that seemed fresh and new.