H&B *gasp* wasn't at the tents reporting live for herself yesterday (don't worry, she'll be on scene dishing on, well, the scene) later this week. Til then, enjoy WWD's Tuesday roundup:
Ellen Tracy: A trendmonger the Ellen Tracy woman is not. But after two seasons of straitlaced classics, she could use a little flair. To that end, creative director George Sharp jazzed up the house's wardrobe staples with "couture" details — beading, smocking, pintucks, sequins — on safe-yet-stylish silhouettes. The strongest looks drew on a glamorous safari theme — an ikat sheath dress and wide palazzo pants shown with piled-on accessories — while ombré A-line jackets and maxi dresses looked fresh.
Grey Ant: Grant Krajecki went fierce and feminine at Grey Ant with striped ticking details on bra tops paired with easy high-rise trousers. Salvador Trinidad: Judging from his highly polished sheaths with architectural details, you'd never guess that this was Salvador Trinidad's first showing.
Jen Kao: Rookie Jen Kao showed a terrific lineup full of suspendered pantaloons and sequined rompers, but it remains to be seen whether customers will pay such high prices for all those quirks.
Josh Goot: Save for a handful of interesting printed looks, Josh Goot's sexy, streamlined tank dresses and tops were repetitive in their metallic colorblocking.
Bradley Scott: In a conspicuous presentation among the shiny new cars at Audi's Park Avenue showroom, Bradley Scott showed a mix of girlishly frilled fare and racier patent motorcycle jackets and metallic trenches.
Mara Hoffman: Mara Hoffman and Klee Van Schoonhoven sent out a pretty, yet repetitive, lineup of Brazilian-inspired tropical print dresses and sexy beachwear.
Gilles Montezin: Montezin designed with five digits on the brain — 10021 — and his ladylike collection, perhaps a bit too polite, will take his customers from lunching afternoons to cocktail-swilling nights.