Vail local peruses Vera Wang, Armani |

Vail local peruses Vera Wang, Armani

Jenn Bruno
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” Editor’s note: Jenn and Luca Bruno are in Manhattan for fashion week. In this column, Jenn Bruno reports on her findings from the event, which started last Friday and continues through Friday. The Brunos own Vail boutiques Luca Bruno and Due.

An international day of fashion. Today we viewed the fall collections from some Italians, Blumarine and Armani, the French at Chloe and American style icon Vera Wang. While runway shows offer a glamorous taste of fashion, the real work is done in the showrooms. Today, we visited some top designer showrooms. With the help of a few cappuccinos, we discovered a few new trends and met up with a friend from Vail, who was also here for fashion week.

Blumarine gets the award once again for best collection of the day. Their new navy and brown animal print is incredible and could easily be incorporated into any wardrobe. Always feminine, the classic separates and dresses have a modern, yet timeless, touch. Ruffled blouses teamed with riding pants and sleek dresses created some memorable looks. The collection is smaller and more focused than last fall. It’s a back-to-basics year where less is certainly more.

See by Chloe presented us with a Priscilla Presley/’80s-inspired collection. Sounds confusing, huh. And while I did not quite get the Priscilla Presley as muse idea, I did see a lot of the ’80s in the colors and prints. Happily, the more horrific moments of ’80s fashion are no where to be seen (day-glo is still a no no) and classic Chloe shapes and knits prevail.

Off to Vera Wang where we spotted the designer on the floor of a workroom putting the final touches on her mainline collection. A sneak peak at what is to come. Meanwhile we got to work on buying the Lavendar collection, her slightly more affordable but oh-so-Vera collection. Again we see a more focused color palate. More navy and black but what is surprising and fabulous are the bold colors. A pink dress that can actually lift your spirits. Tapestry fabrics that are light and airy. And what we have come to expect: clean and classic shapes for tops, bottoms and dresses.

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Rebecca Hernreich joined us for our final appointment at the Armani offices ” hallowed ground in fashion. And while we will never be lucky enough to spot Giorgio (he’s in Milano), we always appreciate and are a bit mystified by the fact that they let us in the building. This is our fourth appointment of the day and certain trends are beginning to emerge. While nothing is more classic than Giorgio Armani, except maybe Ralph Lauren, next fall will be an exceptionally classic year. Don’t look for an “it” color. Designers are not avoiding color and prints but are using them wisely. The results so far have worked.

And here’s the best trend for fall 2009: Prices are dropping but the quality remains.

Jenn Bruno owns Luca Bruno and Due in Vail.

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