The original purpose of a belt was to hold up pants at the waist. Clearly, the belt has transformed from a practical tool into a stylish accessory. There were all sorts of belts on the runway in New York.. some for the practical and simple, some for the girly, some for the bold and brave, and some that were simply outrageous (in a good way!). Whatever your style, here are a few of the best of each category that may give you ideas on how to belt your blazer, coat, or your whole upper body!
Black & Simple: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Charlotte Ronson, Doo.Ri, Elie Tahari
Harness/Body Belt: Wayne, L.A.M.B., Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff
Belts with a Purpose: Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone x2, Reed Krakoff
Thin & Pretty: Carolina Herrera, Chado Ralph Rucci, Jeremy Laing, Oscar de la Renta
“Not Your Usual” Belt: Jeremy Scott, Ohne Titel, Thakoon, Zero + Maria Cornejo
Studded, Embellished, Shiny: Victoria Beckham, Anna Sui, Preen, Diesel Black Gold
I’ve been only posting shows that I’ve attended but I had to mention this Western theme that I’ve seen in both Peter Som and Betsey Johnson. Johnson’s collection was fun and colorful with a clear theme. People either love or hate Johnson from a design and business perspective, but I think that she has great skill and she loves the creativity behind the process. She has fun with her collections and definitely makes a statement, and most importantly, stays true to herself. That statement was clear for her fall collection, which has overall Western/prairie vibe with salon styled looks and bandit-esque elements. And of course her McQ tribute was touching.. I remember twitterverse going crazy with tweets about it from people who were at the show. The photographs are great.. I cant even begin to imagine how great the show was. The models definitely look like they’re having a blast.