Last week in New York City, top designers showed off their wares for Fall 2005 at Fashion Week.
The shows were mobbed with the fashion forward, including The Early Show's very own style maven, Christy Ferer, who was doing the rounds, runway to runway, to catch all of the action.
This fall, much like last fall, expect glamour and femininity, she says. Evening gowns are long, flowing and luxurious. Designers are inspired by the 1950s and the 1970s clothing which feature high-waisted wide-legged pants, short jackets and A-line skirts.
The highlight of Fall 2005 Fashion Week was the debut of a collection by actress Jennifer Lopez.
Her new line "Sweetface" was full of street-sexy denim, cashmere knits and baby doll dresses.
"It was nerve racking, but at the same time, exciting," Lopez exclaimed.
And you don't have to have six-pack abs to wear her designsbecause not everything bares the stomach, Ferer tells co-anchor Rene Syler.
The production of the show itself was really impressive, Ferer notes. J.Lo replaced the typical stadium seating and one main runway with director's chairs and a runway that zig-zagged through all the seats. The show was a take on "West Side Story" called "JLO" story.
Glamour went as high as the sky: Richard Tyler designed stretchy blue and red numbers for Delta.
"The models have been saying, 'Oh, where can we buy it?'" Tyler told Ferer, "I said, 'You have to join the airline.'"
The new uniforms will be worn by Delta employees in early 2006. With the use of powerful colors such as midnight, navy, red, platinum and gold, Tyler makes a strong departure from the light grey uniforms of Delta's past. The tailored wardrobe includes knitwear and outerwear to cover all work styles and seasons.
Back on earth, the advice is to get some color. Michael Kors gave basic black a wake-up call with rockin' red.
"Red to me is like a neutral," Kors said. "You know, there isn't anything that you have in your closet that it's not great with."
The new silhouette is all about volume. Douglas Hannant replaced pencil skirts with the kicky A-line in velvet and beading for texture.
"My skirts are fitted over the hip and then they flare," Hannant explained.
Ditto on the movement-toward-more-movement at Bill Blass, where evening dresses also highlighted femininity.
Michael V. pointed out, "Bare, she's see through. Not vulgar, just, beautiful on these beautiful creatures."
Dana Buchman honored the inner girl with a bevy of chiffon blouses. "This is the season of the blouse," Buchman said.
And perfect to pair with those blouses, at Calvin Klein, is the must-have little jacket. For fall, the new jacket is short and fitted.
"The jackets are all double breasted, which is perfect for a finished look," noted Francesco Costa.
For gals on the go, John Varvatos showed pratical '70s-inspired pants. "There was a bit of a boyish influence there, too, but still very sexy," he said.
There was lots of leather at Ralph Lauren in black, but also brown, the new basic. And for all you heavy metal fans, Donna Karan infused pieces with shimmer.
What else? The must-have: a great coat!
Coats are getting all of the embellishments. Ferer says if you notice, at Hollywood premieres, stars aren't taking their coats off. If you can't afford the ones they are sporting, just head to stores that carry vintage items.
And as always, it was the celebrities who made the most news. A-list stars like Bette Midler graced the shows as well as the fashionistas like L'il Kim, Claire Danes, Sean "P-Diddy" Combs and Melania Knauss Trump with hubby, Donald.
On The Early Show, Ferer was sporting a John Varvato jacket, which goes well with voluminus skirts.
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