Fashion Week in Review: Charlotte Ronson sans Lohan Drama; Derek Lam Takes the Cake

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The Ronson collection. Photo by David Wentworth.

Seven months ago, designer Charlotte Ronson delivered a mediocre (at best) Fall collection at Bryant Park, as her DJing twin sister Samantha reined above in the sound booth while her girlfriend, tabloid princess Lyndsay Lohan, had a seat in the front row. Needless to say, Lohan was the main attraction that evening.

This time out Ronson's Spring show did a complete 180. No manic Lohan in sight -- which meant, thankfully, the absence of crazed paparazzi. This time the paps more tamely shot Ronson's other DJ sibling, Mark; her father, real estate mogul Laurence Ronson; and her half sister, Annabelle, who made an appearance in the show. The sole concentration here was the collection -- and what a remarkable one it was!

The entire line blended beautifully with charcoal chiffon armor tops, one-shoulder ruffle dresses, pastel blouses and tons of black acid wash numbers. The highlight was a blue chiffon tank with a blush waistband drape skirt, atop lacy shorts, pulled together with a black studded wrap-around belt.

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Samantha Ronson, giving good press. Photo by David Wentworth.

From at least a dozen or more shows that somehow managed to be squeezed into regular workdays, the standout collections that kept it innovative and vibrant were Ronson's and that of Derek Lam.

Lam's runway show, even before it began, felt extremely tangible (aside from the attendance of "stylist" and reality show maven Rachel Zoe, who took over the entire pre-show).

The Promenade was converted into a makeshift loft, complete with white linen-draped chairs, a concrete runway and backdrop. His theme was Ode to Summer: patriotic, optimistic, bittersweet memories, free for all. And the line definitely felt very liberating, embodying both a sense of sophistication and a fun flirtatious vibe.

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From the Derek Lam collection. Photos via Style.com.

The polka-dots pieces that came in dress form, scarves, and tops really emphasized the entire theme and mixed well with the other more-glamorized numbers such as the gold hologram sequined skirt and blouse. Lam had some more defined garments that came in turquoise and suede. You might think it'd be a tacky Southwestern motif, but it was far from it. The look was fully contemporary and chic. Also, the running color that we saw in almost every line this season, neon green, worked extraordinarily well in the Lam line. Lam used it in both dresses and bathing suits.

Can we have summer back?


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