New York Fashion Week is just past its halfway mark, but already a dominating trend for FW10 is fast becoming apparent. It’s a return to the ’90s on runways from Vena Cava and Joseph Altuzarra to buds Alexander Wang and Erin Wasson. (Not to mention over at the Olympics there’s Apolo Ohno’s soul patch). And while a love for all things flannel and My So Called Life, from boyfriend jeans and crop tops to hi-liter streaked hair, have been popping up in editorial spreads and sartorial references for the last year on NYC’s catwalks this past week the increasing influence of the decade have been too strong to ignore.
Over at Vena Cava ponytails were pink streaked in a manner of which Rayanne Graff would have approved. Cut-off denim shorts and crimped locks were the norm over at Erin Wasson’s collection for RVCA. Meanwhile, an undercurrent of The Craft-esque school girl goth flowed at Peter Som in the black lipstick, and in Wang and Altuzarra’s dramatic, witch-y wares.
At the latter two, black and burgundy-shaded velvet was incorporated into at least half of the runway looks. Wang likewise played with wide pin stripes, exposed midriffs and thigh-high black socks. But, rather than reference The Craft or My So Called Life, Donna Karan’s FW10 line seems to be paying homage to its own 90s pop culture phenomenon. As Jezebel points out, DKNY’s plaid and pleat-heavy collection called to mind a very unexpected fictional leading lady: Cher Horowitz.