NEW YORK CITY, New York - From Prabal Gurung's futuristic Marilyn Monroe to Jill Stuart's 1970s rock chick and sensual but modest Lacoste, designers unveiled a vast array of spring looks Saturday in New York.
Singapore-born Gurung (in photo above with a model) - whose creations have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey - went to extremes to "preserve an elegant woman who is more and more rare."
Gurung's dresses and skirts fell mid-calf, some elegantly off-shoulder, in pastel pink, lavender, canary yellow, green or bold prints. Lips were bright pink and tangerine while hair was slicked back.
Describing his collection as "femininity with a bite" the designer -- who launched his eponymous brand in 2009 -- said he pushed into the future using unusual fabric choices.
He used laminated silk and lace and mixed tweed with plastic. One "raincoat" was blended with tulle and silk while another was just clear black-painted plastic paired with green crop pants and a printed T-shirt.
Gurung told AFP his collection was "an ode to all the women I love and women in general."
He said he was inspired by actress Marilyn Monroe from Bert Stern's "The Last Sitting" photoshoot -- published in Vogue six weeks before she died -- and wanted to recreate "that melancholic feel."
The woman envisioned by popular American designer Jill Stuart is a little bit more rock-and-roll.
Shift dresses, babydoll dresses, cropped tops and high-waisted skirts were the order of the day in a simple monochromatic palette "with a touch of indigo."
There was a lot of peek-a-boo with dresses that had triangular cutouts, transparent bits or completely see-through.
Abstract dots and embroidery provided the only distraction from the basic colors, and she also used tweed, tulle, chiffon and decorated some dresses with organza flowers.
"The inspiration is rock stars' girlfriends on holiday and what they are wearing," Stuart said after the show, adding that these were rock chicks of another era, and that she had been inspired by the feel of the south of France in the 1970s.
She threw in an edgy mix of black leather and organza to show what this type of girl would wear when she headed back to the city.
"I wanted to be more casual, more streetwear."