New York City Fashion Week Spring 09: Erin Fetherston

What: Erin Fetherston Runway Show, Promenade, New York City Fashion Week

The Lowdown: The collection in a word? Ethereal. Erin Fetherston “>Erin Fetherston drew inspiration from a favorite childhood storybook for a collection titled “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” and filled the runway with a fantasy/dreamworld collection of pale hues, filmy fabrics, and lots and lots of, well, frothy puffs. Pastels reigned, with lots of pale pink, silvery blue, lavendar, cream, and white. The garments? Dresses, in lengths varying from super short to ground-sweeping, and in mostly body-hugging shapes (though the floaty sheer nightie-inspired A line did appear as well). The accessories? Er, non-existent—save a turban-style scarf headwrap here and there.

Budget Solution: We have to say, this is the kind of collection that fills little girls with dreamy joy and makes grown women feel like little girls. But on the wearability and translating-to-real-life front? Not so easy. It’s truly lovely (all except for that white ballerina style dress which reminds us of Lara Flynn Boyle’s unfortunate Oscar look a few years back), but will we have anywhere to wear a nearly see-through dress with a skirt created from large fabric puffs all around our hips? Probably not. Still, we love how the pastels and sheer fabrics are so evocative of spring, AND the cinch-waisted shape created by a satiny sash, so we’ll be looking to bring those easy elements (in the form of a sheer blouse, a pale-hued sheer scarf, a satin tie belt) into our rotation of spring basics.

image courtesy of Coutorture.com