Venus Williams and fashion may not seem like the most obvious combination but that's exactly what the tennis player is focusing on. Earlier on this year she relaunched EleVen by Venus Williams by taking complete control over the line after originally designing it for Steve & Barry's, who went bankrupt in 2008 and now, she taking it to New York Fashion Week.
Over the weekend she threw a party for the line in the Hamptons where she confirmed that it's definitely happening despite the fact that the planning is in its infant stages due to her being in London for the Olympics. Yesterday her publicist confirmed that the line will be showed in a presentation format rather than a runway show on Wednesday September 12 and by the sounds of it, everything we'll see is completely Venus. 'I lead up all the design,' she told The Cut. 'That's really number one, because if I'm not there doing that, then it won't look like me, and it will start to look ordinary.'
We've seen too many random celebrities on the front row this fashion week so it was refreshing to see Hilary Swank yesterday at the Pamella Roland presentation. The actress wore this gold sequin dress and YSL sandals.
Maria Francesca Pepe never fails to impress. In her presentation yesterday, as per usual, she managed to incorporate her jewellery into her women's wear line with ease. Silver chains hung along the shoulders and down the back of a boxy structured black double blazer and gold chains hung from leather waist belts connected around to the models' ankles on black leather cuffs. A teeth motif appeared throughout the collection on belts and necklaces.
If there's any trend from S/S10 that isn't going away anytime soon, it's sheer detailing. Pepe introduced sheer elements, most notably on a long cream blouse styled with a black high-waisted leather skirt, underneath a black asymmetric draped dress, and on nude dresses and leggings with a gold detail.
Like many other designers this season, she really played with textures, like on a purple heavy wool check dress with leather sleeves as well as on coats with fur and leather accents.
If you're planning on wearing anything from the Jasmine Di Milo Spring/Summer 2010 collection (and I'm sure you will), I come with a word of advice. Start thinking about that that old gym membership card that may have become a bit dusty over the summer in order to prepare.
Legs were everywhere. Bod con dresses came in nudes and prints and were never came anywhere near the knee. Strapless dresses also appeared frequently in short styles. A standout pieces was a brown leather version that left people imagining the dangerous yet seductive dance of a matador to a bull. Leather also appeared on a skirt in the same shade styled with a sexy strapless bandeau top. The collection also boasted shorts and body suit too for good measure.
Need some unique footwear, anyone? Check out Tory Burch's Spring '10 collection. The designer hosted a tune-blasting party (aka her fashion-week presentation) this morning, which even had Anna Wintour out looking her most fashionable early today.
Burch introduced a highly wearable collection of preppy-tribal wear, from impeccably cut spring coats to a gingham pantsuit, to a floral jumpsuit with the most look-at-me of strappy sandals. We can't speak for Anna W, but we'd be pretty happy to see most of this line first thing in the morning.
Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala rose to the challenge in the current economic climate and are giving their customers exactly what they want. As well as dropping the brand's starting price by 10% this season, the duo served us with all of the classic pieces we've all grown to know and love from the brand. Cropped leather jackets were distressed in brown and cream.The sexy tomboy William Rast girl was apparent but was toned down compared to previous seasons. Denim was everywhere from jeans to denim shirts but had less studded detail than usual.
For Spring/Summer 2010, the design team definitely honed in on the brand's strengths and signatures.
Monique Lhuillier opted for a small presentation to present to her Spring/Summer 2010 collection yesterday. The collection opened with a fringed bold orange dress setting a theme of rich block colours and rich embellishments.