I sat in the front row for this show and had just about the best seat in the house. To say that my show experience was fabulous is an understatement. Greg had an excellent position at the end of the runway and was able to get full length shots of the models outfits. We felt like Fashion Week royalty.

First, a confession: I only recently found out that Thuy is pronounced “Two-ee”  and not “Thigh”. Never too old to learn I guess! We covered Thuy’s show in February’s Fashion Week and I loved the Fall ensembles in that collection. The Spring collection was just as fab, making it my second favorite show thus far.

The colours were right up my alley and I’m already seeing a common palette for Spring 2011: lots of off-white, beige, light grey and tan matched with brights like deep purple, citron, coral and tomato red. Overall, there has been very little back. Don’t know if that’s good or bad. I’m going to go with good!

Thuy’s Spring collection was a mixture of retro glam and crisp modern fun. I saw design elements of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s working in close harmony with very “now” items like harem pants and cage heels. The designer showed short flirty full circle skirts, which are breezy and  feminine albeit a little hard to wear. There were form fitting, colour blocked mini dresses aplenty, together with more voluminous sack styles and slip dresses — many with curved hems and exposed back zippers.

My favorite part of Thuy’s collection was her assortment of cheeky, boxy, cropped jackets. After a few season’s of longish boyfriend blazers, I’m ready to wear my jackets a little shorter. I loved the deep purple jacket shown on the model below. It had a back flounce and buckle detail that was absolutely divine, while the front was tailored. I want one of those now. I also loved the  unstructured 40’s inspired shimmery coral jacket that looks like something Grace Kelly would wear. I’ll take one of those too.

The fabrics were AMAZING and I could see them all up close. Along with all sorts of soft flowing silks and chiffons, Thuy showed what looked like rigid basket linens, shimmery satins and glittery square weaves. The show stopper was incredible. It was a multi coloured mod dress made up of three dimensional ribboned and sequined daisies. What a happy and fun frock. I couldn’t help but smile as the model came down the runway wearing that outfit.

All in all, a personally inspiring collection. I adored the colours, the voluminous styling, the retro flavour and the touch of glamour. I wonder how many of you will be rethinking harem pants by the time Spring comes around. I will definitely be looking for a second pair in a lighter colour.