The item of clothing to put under the microscope from the Spring New York collections is the pants. Pant play has been creeping up on us — from Louis Vuitton's cropped and tailored trousers to Nina Ricci's silky pajama pants — but no item of clothing was rejiggered more than the pant. While Harem pants and slinky trousers have dramatic flair and seem to float down the runway, the real life wear is questionable. Case in point: Ralph Lauren's gold beaded pants. They are beautiful, no doubt, but would you wear these? I love sparkle and shine, and pants, so maybe I just need to warm up to the new notion.
New York Fashion Week, Spring 2009: The New Pant