- Associated Press - Friday, February 11, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - There’s been plenty of talk about day-to-night dressing in these frugal times. Next season, you might try night-to-day instead.

Designers at New York Fashion Week flipped the script on Friday, incorporating nighttime glamour into daytime classics instead of leaving women to glam up their more casual clothes.

Jason Wu turned “classic” around with modern looks that evoked yesteryear in lace trim, high necks and full sleeves.

For his contemporary Z Spoke label, Zac Posen showed a navy dress that would look great for daytime with a cardigan _ but take off the sweater, and the back is completely bare. Peter Som presented beaded evening pants that could be paired with a work-appropriate dress shirt.

In the second day of fall previews, designers were veering away from basics, seemingly encouraging shoppers to invest in some fancier pieces and figure out how to wear them more often. New York Fashion Week continues through Thursday.

JASON WU

More than 15 types of lace were featured, and it seemed everything was dipped in gold-leaf embroidery, including the models’ hair.

Silhouettes were modest, almost conservative, but colors ranging from barely there neutrals to electric blue and hot pink added youthfulness and sex appeal. Strategic sparkle didn’t hurt, either.

Wu made the modern elegant in a lace-trim hoodie parka, a feminine tuxedo-inspired shirt dress and a champagne-colored sheer blouse adorned with feathers made of beading.

Wu is known for dressing Michelle Obama, including the first lady’s inaugural gown. This season, he put into fabrics the same vibe photographer Robert Polidori used for his book “Parcours Museologique Revister,” which traced restorations at Versailles.

The last two gowns on the runway, a black chiffon with a huge slit up the front and a bright pink strapless with gold embellishment at the bustline and waistband, seem ripe for a starlet looking to elevate her image.

RAG & BONE

Some of the coolest kids in town will be wearing heavy-duty layers of tweed, tartan, leather, wool and neoprene when the fall rolls around, thanks to Rag & Bone.

Story Continues →