Midway through Fashion Week, the critics have been pleasantly surprised. Theyskens’ pants-heavy collection for Theory drew raves, as did Tommy Hilfiger’s refreshingly forward-thinking show. Most praised Thakoon’s risky collection, but Suzy Menkes ventured that it “suffered from an overdose of inspiration.” And while DVF’s gaucho-glam collection was mildly criticized for erring on the side of excess, it was generally well-received. (“Hey, she’s a legend in her own right. It’s her prerogative,” shrugged Style.com.) Read the rest of the reviews below.
• “By steering away from the cliché of preppy, showing instead a herringbone-patterned shirtdress or turtlenecked sweaters with suede or pony skin skirts, Mr. Hilfiger gave a clarity to his women’s line. And it had a new feeling of casual luxury.” [IHT]