>> A case of the Mondays didn't appear to drag anyone down backstage yesterday at Carolina Herrera, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Ohne Titel. We caught high-energy moments like Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn getting some best friend time in — in their Carolina Herrera gowns; Shena Moulton and Daphne Groenevold playing tug of war with their Marc by Marc Jacobs runway bags; and a staring contest going down backstage at Ohne Titel. Those snaps, plus more, in the slideshow.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Pink was the color of the day for Monday's street stylers, popping up on lips, sheer balletic dresses, and those ubiquitous Miu Miu glitter booties. See highlights from yesterday's show attendees: Elle Fanning made a couple of appearances — at Ohne Titel and the Marc by Marc Jacobs; Hanneli Mustaparta rode on a skateboard, sporting a twinset; and Emmanuelle Alt flew under the radar.
>> Vera Wang has been known to work some dark references into her ready-to-wear collections, and Spring 2012 was no exception. Citing Alice in Wonderland, the designer's show notes riffed on the idea of "tailoring and transparency" — and there was plenty of both. A series of all-white looks opened the show, cutting a sharp silhouette in perforated piqué, organza, and tulle. Waists were nipped with drawstrings or boning, and juxtaposed by full-flared peplums galore. Softness came in the form of whisper-weight chiffon; in graduated-hem skirts it was drawn up high in the front and left to billow smoke-like behind. While most of the collection flowed from one monochromatic look to another, Wang did give us one print: a psychedelic take on 18th-century wallpaper that swirled ethereally in grey, violet, and jolts of pink. The effect was trippy and intense — and at times even beautiful.
>> For Spring 2012, Karen Walker riffed on the idea of "The American Girl", citing two polar-opposites in particular: buttoned-up Betsy and street-wise Iris from the 1976 movie Taxi Driver. And so out came the straight skirts, prim blouses, and secretary dresses for Betsy; jaunty jumpsuits, mixed-up prints, and mini-skirts for Iris. But fans of Walker know the designer doesn't like to play her references too straight, and thus these '70s girls got a bit of a 1940s twist — pants were cropped and pleated, blazers were shoulder-padded and twee, and peplums flared over many a hip.