The really depressing part wasn't even the clothes. It was the shows themselves. While many designers DID put on shows, a good many simply threw parties and had their models walk around to showcase the clothes. *SAD* Sure, the economy is in the tank, but that means that the world needs a fantasy, a show, something to make them forget what is going on. Instead, the designers decided to hide in their studios and only invite their friends.
For instance, Vera Wang Lavender Label didn't bother with a show this year. The clothes were great, wearable and flattering. But, instead of the world getting to see them stomp down the runway, victorious over economic dread, they hid away at an exclusive party. The dress pictured is very nice--flattering, flirty and young. But, I'll always wonder what it would have looked like on the runway, crowd staring, model stomping, music pulsing. There is something magical about that runway moment, and a tragedy that this year was without it.
Picture from style.com