Lifestyle Style What's Hot on the Runway? Check out the up-to-the-minute shots of what New York's best designers are showing at Spring '09 Fashion Week By People Staff Published on September 5, 2008 07:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 31 RALPH LAUREN Fernada Calfat/Getty The designer took his inspiration from African safaris with a mix of olive drabs, crisp white dresses and golden dresses fit for a queen. 02 of 31 OSCAR DE LA RENTA Biasion Studio/WireImage The venerable designer sent out a collection sure to thrill his ladies-who-lunch and movie star clients alike. Against a painterly black-and-white background, models showed off tasteful florals and innovative gowns, like this sketch-pattern stunner. 03 of 31 ZAC POSEN Rex USA The wunderkind of N.Y.C. fashion reined in the theatrics for his spring show, focusing on soft colors and more wearable silhouettes – like this seafoam green cocktail dress. 04 of 31 TOMMY HILFIGER Fernanda Calfat/Getty While the all-American designer showed plenty of the preppy sportswear he’s known for, he also sent out elegant dresses perfect for summer cocktail parties. 05 of 31 CALVIN KLEIN Randy Brooke/WireImage Creative director Francisco Costa turned in another simply chic collection of architectural shapes in striking cornflower blue and pale white. 06 of 31 ANNA SUI Boisiere/Sipa The always-fun designer delivered up another collection filled with bright colors, floral embroidery and more than a dash of kitsch. 07 of 31 VERA WANG Gregorio Binuya/ABACA The designer may be best known for her lavish bridal dresses, but for her namesake collection, she sent out architectural shapes in jewel tones with bold crystal necklaces and belts. 08 of 31 REBECCA TAYLOR Frazer Harrison/Getty The New Zealand-born designer sent out a fun, feminine collection of airy ruffled dresses and bohemian prints. 09 of 31 DOO.RI Randy Brooke/WireImage The designer expanded beyond her signature draped dresses into slim, tailored silhouettes – but kept sexy little dresses for the fans, like this hot pink halter. 10 of 31 MARA HOFFMAN Randy Brooke/WireImage Good news for Rihanna and Jessica Simpson, who love the designer’s signature bold prints: Her spring collection was filled with can’t-miss art-nouveau-inspired patterns. 11 of 31 PAMELLA ROLAND Graylock/ABACA The evening designer sent out a collection filled with sherbet-bright gowns in flattering silhouettes. 12 of 31 NAEEM KHAN Scott Gries/Getty Looking for a knockout gown in citrus colors with elaborate detailing? Look no further than Khan’s collection, which was filled with red-carpet winners, like this orange gown with a jeweled neckline. 13 of 31 MICHAEL KORS Frazer Harrison/Getty The Project Runway judge returned to his day job to deliver an all-American collection of preppy, upbeat daywear, like this fun pattern mix. 14 of 31 RODARTE JP Yim/WireImage The Californian sister team created a fantasy world of punk ballerinas and bird-of-paradise evening gowns – will we spot one front row on Natalie Portman? 15 of 31 MAX AZRIA Scott Gries/Getty The busy designer sent out his third collection of the week – following BCBG and Hervé Léger – filled with floaty shapes, a subdued neutral palette and breezy evening gowns. 16 of 31 NANETTE LEPORE Scott Gries/Getty The feminine designer turned in a sweetly girly collection, filled with painterly florals and flattering stripes. 17 of 31 MONIQUE LHUILLIER Scott Gries/Getty The red carpet favorite turned in a flashbulb-ready collection of sexy cocktail dresses and stunning gowns, like this tulle confection. 18 of 31 BRIAN REYES Scott Gries/Getty The up-and-coming designer stuck to a pale palette of white, stone and soft green for his sweet summer looks, like this tiered minidress. 19 of 31 MARC JACOBS Fernanda Calfat/Getty The always-directional designer delivered an innovative collection that combined inspirations from Mary Poppins to YSL’s Ballet Russe for a star-studded audience. 20 of 31 PETER SOM Biasion Studio/WireImage The designer focused on sleek silhouettes, elegant florals and ladylike looks in his spring show, like this black-and-white day dress. 21 of 31 JILL STUART Fernanda Calfat/Getty Inspired by the floaty dresses of ballerinas, the designer sent out diaphanous chiffon dresses in soft pastels, like this ombré dress. 22 of 31 THAKOON Amy Sussman/Getty With Michelle Obama’s recent endorsement still fresh – she wore the young designer’s dress to her husband’s DNC acceptance speech – Panichgul sent out a feminine array of printed dresses, corset and trenches. 23 of 31 PROENZA SCHOULER Randy Brooke/WireImage Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took a tough approach to spring, turning out a sharp ’80s-inspired collection that included this white jumpsuit. 24 of 31 CAROLINA HERRERA Frazer Harrison/Getty The always-elegant designer showed a red-carpet-ready collection of ruffles, bright color and flattering silhouettes, like this canary yellow gown. 25 of 31 ROCK & REPUBLIC Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage The jeans line took a sophisticated and sexy turn with a mostly black-and-white show that included evening looks, like this black and white striped maxidress. 26 of 31 HERVé LéGER Scott Gries/Getty Max Azria continues his hot streak with the body-conscious line, turning out a collection that takes the signature bandage dress to new levels with embellishments, like this coral mini’s beading. 27 of 31 DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Frazer Harrison/Getty The iconic designer showed a luxe hippie collection filled with floaty floral dresses and ’60s-inspired headbands. 28 of 31 RAG & BONE Biasion Studio/WireImage The downtown cool design label mixed androgynous shapes with preppy touches for hipster-cool outfits, like this bomber jacket and shorts combo. 29 of 31 BCBG MAX AZRIA Frazer Harrison/Getty The star-favorite line included easy jersey dresses in bright colors and intricately draped silk dresses, like this sexy orange frock. 30 of 31 RACHEL ROY Randy Brooke/WireImage The sophisticated designer showed a ladylike collection filled with bold color, contrasting textures and fashion-forward silhouettes, like this full-skirted party dress. 31 of 31 YIGAL AZROUEL Fernanda Calfat/Getty The Israeli-born designer showed a collection filled with his signature draped jerseys and bold prints, like this mosaic sheath.