Retro Glamour Struts On The Catwalks

It was back to the future at New York Fashion Week Wednesday, with retro styles dotting runways.

Glamour magazine Executive Fashion Editor at Large Suze Yalof Schwartz, who's been filling in Early Show audiences all week on the goings-on in the big tents in Manhattan's Bryant Park, told co-anchor Harry Smith Thursday that hats for both women and men, and glam, also had starring roles.

And tweeds made their presence felt.

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Schwartz's takes on some of the shows of the day:

Michael Kors: A modern-day Tippy Hedren, Kors showed clothes we all want to wear -- luxurious and gorgeous, sophisticated and classic, with a fresh twist. The hair, by Orlando Pita, was inspired by Tippy Hedren and Amy Winehouse. "Kors always takes you on a trip," Schwartz says. "You don't know where you're going, but you know you want to go."

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Milly: With one great dress after another, designer Michelle Smith showed modern day clothing with a retro feel, which you wish you could find in a vintage store, but can't. She knows her customer: women who love to dress up.


The hat is back! There was a surplus of hats with small brims -- a combination of the panama, the fedora, and the cloche. We've seen hats everywhere -- from Carolina Herrera, to Michael Kors, to Diane von Furstenberg, to Peter Som, to Max Azria.

Grunge out, Glam in: Everyone is showing metallics. We saw metallics as both accent detailing and all over on coats, skirts, and suits. Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, Milly, and Monique Lhullier all showed metallics on the runway.

Associated Press Fashion Writer Samantha Critchell filed this report:

Tweed's style icons aren't the most trendy bunch: Sherlock Holmes, college professors, your grandma.

But at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, the fall staple got a makeover: the fabric is sometimes made of unexpected materials, the pattern not always perfect and the shapes of the garments aren't restrictive.

Narciso Rodriguez made a gray and white tweed so soft it looked like fur. Isaac Mizrahi made a fur tweed gown - about as luxe an interpretation as you can find. And the British designer Matthew Williamson did tweed in an explosion of color with flashes of metallic.

Fashion editors, stylists and buyers also saw previews from Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Justin Timberlake's William Rast line. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runs through Feb. 8, with shows still to come from designers including Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Calvin Klein.


There have been plenty of hard-edge, rock 'n' roll clothes on the runway here. Narciso Rodriguez offered the first grown-up version of that look.

If it takes a trendy young woman to pull off a black mini shift dress, it takes a chic woman - of any age - to wear a black structured corset dress.

This is a look Rodriguez, who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his label, knows well. All of his signature black and white looks will be offered next season: cocktail dresses with clean lines but sometimes complicated straps, pantsuits with skinny-leg trousers and coats with flattering seams.

But Rodriguez also experimented with tweed, knits and the occasional bright color. Other trends that Rodriguez helped to confirm were exposed zippers, over-the-knee boots, metallics on daytime outfits and feathers - his were peacock on a black wool cocktail dress.