|Bestsellers at Kelsi Dagger|
Because neon, day-glo, shocking brights - whatever you call those irreverent Eighties colours - were the most predominant trend at Fashion Coterie in New York for spring 2012. Bubble gum pink, Brazil beach orange, acid yellow and bloody bright green. These colours don't give a toss - and that's what I like about them.
And just a touch on these Loeffler Randall shoes...
And even at the more woodsy, craftsy aesthetic of Patterson J. Kincaid , this little deer found himself in a clearing of bright.
But at dear creatures, a spin on "sentimental tales of whimsy" they stuck to natural colours with classic capes in mustard and forest greens.
Sitting in the back was 25-year-old Smith Sinrod with her beautifully bright Thai silk pieces. It's slow for us, she said. Maybe it's where you're sitting? I replied. She looked so tiny and young and sweet and her Victorian-meets-Mod pieces so lovely I wanted to take buyers by the hand and lead them straight to her.
|Smith Sinrod (left) with friend|
More South American brights down the row.
Outside the sensory-overload that is Fashion Coterie, I walked for an hour to St Patrick's Cathedral on Madison, which always has a wooded, stone and candle quiet. Outside on the streets, intermittently five, then ten, then 100 people would gather when a line of police and town cars pulled up. Who was it? One of the Jens? A Housewife? Then someone would say: "Oh, it's just someone from the United Nations" and the crowds would disperse.
The busiest place in town was around the corner on 5th Avenue, the new Hollister, a sort of surfer SoCal Abercrombie and Fitch.