Alexander Wang Fall / Winter 2009 Women’s Ready-To-Wear Collection by Alexander Wang.

With his Fall 2009 collection fashions newest star, Alexander Wang, proved that he is here to stay. Wang showed a tailored, luxurious side to his feral street-chic style in a predominantly black lineup, upping the ante with studs, leather, lace, and fur.

Wangs collection, a mixture of 80s power dressing and rebellious rocker, spoke directly to his 20-something following. Seen on the runway were numerous body conscious outfits that channeled Catwoman; models in leggings and bike shorts paired with fitted blazers or heavy leather motorcycle jackets exuded a menacing attitude as they stormed down the catwalk. A black leather crocodile embossed form-fitting jacket coupled with black matte-croc leggings highlighted Wangs aggressive, yet seductive style. Wang also offered up a variety of dresses; a completely slashed white jersey sleeveless dress gave off a defiant party-girl vibe. He wowed with form-fitting minis featuring asymmetrical cut-out shoulders and bandage minidresses in black lace for those looking for a more sophisticated take on tough sexy chic. Wangs fall collection bares almost everything and is sure to be coveted by his growing in-the-know fan base. Monica Sharma, Associate Editor.

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Louis Vuitton Fall / Winter 2009 Women’s Ready-To-Wear Collection by Marc Jacobs.

Très chic, tres chic! Très jolie! A gutsy expression of optimism and frivolity was in full force at Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 show for Louis Vuitton at the end of a season rife with economic concerns. Regarding his approach to the collection, Jacobs replied Yes, theres a crisis, but one can still carry on and contribute to beauty and optimism and gorgeousness. And gorgeous it was.

Bows, ruffles, ruching, pleating and tucking abound in a delectable array of bon-bon colors including French blue, pink, green, purple and yellow resulting in a collection that exuded French coquette-ishness. Fitted jackets and pencil skirt combinations were poufed, peplumed and ruched to girly perfection in fabrications ranging from taffeta to leather to peekaboo lace in various shades of blue, green and purple. The freshest take on the feminine suit was a naughty yet charming number in sheer blush-colored chiffon and lace with black piping that had leg-of-mutton sleeves and a tight smocked pencil skirt that was bunched prettily at the bottom in a rosette-like fashion.

Flirty, playful combinations included sheer sweaters worn over visible colored bras that were paired with frothy tiered skirts or mini bubble skirts in beige, green, yellow or nude. A striking magenta dress in taffeta with puffed baby sleeves, smocked bodice and bubble skirt was worked with tall black lace-up boots. An equally dramatic femme fatale evening ensemble featured black taffeta trousers with an outrageous fishtail fan that flared out at the knee, topped with a shirred black metallic bustier trimmed with a fan of chiffon across the top.

Highlighting the coquette-ish feel of the show were the accessories, which included tall lace up boots, thigh-high boots with a French heel and chunky fluorescent necklaces that appeared to be resin versions of ribbon candy.

Several incarnations of the winter coat varied in range from an elegant black wrap coat tied at the waist with a bow to a bright green coat covered in tiny ruffles and cinched at the waist. A pair of broad-shouldered elegant red coats with oversized lapels in slightly more masculine silhouettes anchored the delightfully frothy collection. -Katleen Crombie, Associate Editor – Global Fashion News Copyright 2009

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Balmain Fall / Winter 2009 Women’s Ready-To-Wear Collection by Christophe Decarmin.

If you needed any proof that power shoulders are back in fashion, look no further than Christophe Decarnins Fall 2009 Balmain collection. His embrace of rock star bling and signature peak-shouldered jackets, and $1,000 price tag jeans have quickly shot him to the No. 1 position as most copied designer on the planet. Illustrating the most sculpted shoulders anywhere, Decarnin incorporated them into structured peaked-shoulder jackets, sailor-striped long sleeved Ts with pagoda shoulders and skin tight micro minis served up in a monochromatic palette of black, white, silver and gray with a shot of techno blue.

The first look, a poured liquid sequined blouse and polka dot harem pants held by a low silver-studded belt, highlighted the 80s revival sweeping across both sides of the Atlantic. The cult peaked-shoulder Balmain jacket was reworked as a leather biker and paired with skinny jean-cut trousers and a sparkling striped T. Storming down the runway next, another peaked-shoulder jacket over a white wrapped silk blouse and poured sequin harem pants.

Decarnin continued in his signature style sending out a black tuxedo cut jacket with a draped white T-shirt and black Swarovski studded jeans, and second-skin Swarovski encrusted dresses so snug and short they could barely pass for dresses, some trailing black ruffled silk trains and silk harem pants occasionally slashed down the front to reveal some leg. Almost every look in the collection was worn with short spats-style suede boots with buckles stacked five deep.

If his dresses weren’t dripping with an abundance of crystals, sequins and studs they dazzled in zippered stretched leather. He had the shortest, tightest dresses seen anywhere. Models were tightly bound in black sequin strapless dresses with shirred silk bodices or quilted, chain-wrapped black leather. The popping cleavage a consequence of dresses cut so tight, they resembled a coat of paint. A daring electric blue one-shouldered dress featured ruffles across the collar. Futuristic minis with pagoda shoulders came in shimmering crystals, black and white lattice patterns, techno blue stripes or quilted black leather trimmed with chains.

Decarnin deserves accolades for putting Balmain back on the fashion map and transforming the house of Balmain into a must-have label in the space of a few short years. Founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945, the brand dressed royalty and movie stars for decades and is set to rise again largely on the strength of Christophe Decarnins sexy excess and daring party girl looks that are as glamourous as they are edgy.

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