Douglas Hannant - this show took place in the historic Plaza Hotel off Fifth Avenue. The audience consisted almost exclusively of middle-aged, botoxed ladies-who-lunch. It wasn't really my scene, but the clothes were surprisingly lovely. Very tailored and luxurious. Hannant knows his customer.
Desiderata - I went to a show at Lincoln center highlighting emerging Argentinian fashion designers, and this collection by Desiderata was the best. I like its youthful, casual, feminine feel.
Monique Lhullier - No real surprises here, but she sticks to what she does best: eveningwear. Look for these gowns on the red carpet come award season.
VLOV-QuinQuin Wu - This was the cheesiest runway performance I attended. The music was clichéd techno over which a low, robotic voice boomed "V-L-O-V." Subtle, much? And the collection was made up of stiff, uniform-like menswear that made the models look like Star Trek communists.
Zang Toi - I wasn't a fan of these clothes, but the crazy avant garde hair and headwraps were fun. And then, of course, there's Kirstie Alley, who came out in the finale look, which made her look like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.