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Summer (Take) Stock: The Fashion Flock Appraises Summer '11

With Labor Day upon us, WWD checked in with the fashion set to say goodbye to beach season.

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With Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s time to put another beach season in the books. WWD caught up with the fashion flock to take stock of summer 2011.

CAROLINA HERRERA

Summer highlight?
“Going to my daughter Patricia’s in Northeast Harbor, Maine and spending time with my six grandchildren and my other daughter, Carolina.”

Last hurrah? “I will spend an entire day at the movies, watching four back-to-back.”

DONNA KARAN

Summer highlight?
“For me, it was all about being with my family. I loved watching my granddaughter horseback riding — she’s become so good. I also loved seeing the interest in Haiti products we’ve helped develop — the dream is becoming a reality.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “I didn’t wear it before Labor Day. It just wasn’t a white summer for me. After Labor Day, white becomes graphic as you team it with black.”

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Summer highlight?
“I had a real three weeks’ rest on the boat in the Mediterranean. One week with family, one week alone with Barry, and one week with friends...long swims and long hikes every day!”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Probably not for a while.”

Narciso Rodriguez

Rodriguez vacationed in Ischia.

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

Summer highlight:
“Traveling to Europe for vacation instead of work.”

Last hurrah? “It’s going to be at the office prepping the show.”

JASON WU

Last hurrah?
“Movie night with friends while we waited out Hurricane Irene.”

Will you labor or lounge this weekend? “Labor — back-to back fittings for my show.”

MARCHESA’S GEORGINA CHAPMAN AND KEREN CRAIG

Summer highlight?
“We like to take our family ‘summer vacations’ post-fashion week. We’re heading down to the Viceroy Anguilla later in the fall.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Of course — as long as it’s Marchesa.”

MARIA CORNEJO

Summer highlight?
“Vacation in Greece with my husband and son.”

Will you labor or lounge this weekend? “I can’t recall the last time I didn’t work on Labor Day. For us, it will be a day of casting and styling.”

HANNAH BRONFMAN

Summer highlight?
“Participating in the Bull Run car race with my boyfriend. We came in 23rd place out of 44 cars and met Ice T and Coco.”

Labor Day weekend plans? “I am going to San Francisco to lounge, eat healthy food and go to a Giants game — they have the cutest players.”

SHOSHANNA GRUSS

Summer highlight?
“Our annual two-week trip to Chatham, Cape Cod. My husband is a fisherman, so we basically follow the striped bass all summer.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Yea, but when summer is turning into fall, it’s time to reevaluate the fabrics in your closet — it doesn’t really matter what color it is. Linen should get packed away first.”

YIGAL AZROUEL

Last hurrah?
“Hoping to catch a glimpse of my favorite surfers at the first-ever Quiksilver Long Beach surf competition.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Fall was all about the ‘little white dress’ so I don’t mind it if it’s done right.”

THAKOON PANICHGUL

Summer highlight?
“Spending time in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at my house upstate.”

Last hurrah? “Mandatory evacuation for Irene.”

Julie Macklowe

JULIE MACKLOWE

Summer highlight?
“Staying in our glass house [during the tropical storm] and seeing if our hurricane windows really worked. They did, but I’m not sure I would stay here in a Cat 3 or above. Bottom line is: People in glass houses shouldn’t be in hurricanes.”

White after Labor Day? “Winter whites only, in my opinion, but I know that’s a bit old-school thinking.”

RACHEL ROY

Summer highlight?
“My trip to Haiti to figure out how to create long-term employment opportunities for Haitian artisans, coupled with lazy days listening to the waves with my girls, Ava and Tallulah.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “White whenever you feel like it. Chic has no rules as long as the wearer has confidence, class, intelligence and an underlining sex appeal.”

JOSEPH ALTUZARRA

Summer highlight?
“I hadn’t been able to take time off and disconnect in over a year, so going to Fire Island was a rejuvenating break.”

Last hurrah? “Despite Hurricane Irene foiling my plans to go to the beach, I’m taking one last long weekend off before the craziness of the show starts.”

Lela Rose

LELA ROSE

Summer highlight?
“Foraging for morel mushrooms in the mountains of Jackson Hole. I don’t think I have ever had more fun.”

Last hurrah? “I am commuting back and forth from Montauk for the last few weeks of summer.”

ADAM LIPPES

Summer highlight?
“A trip to a small winter resort town in Brazil called Campos do Jordão.”

Last hurrah? “Working on our collection in the studio which luckily overlooks the Highline so I can pretend summer isn’t really over.”

NICOLE MILLER

Last hurrah?
“Katie Lee’s annual keg party in the Hamptons.”

Will you labor or lounge this weekend? “Both. It’s the last weekend before my show but I hope to make it to Sag Harbor for at least one day to wakeboard. It’s a great way to de-stress.”

Chris Benz

CHRIS BENZ

Last hurrah?
“A multistop work trip to Los Angeles and Tokyo, which I just returned from.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “I think at this point, white is for year-round. Although I do love a fashion rule. Thanks, Amy Vanderbilt.”

BADGLEY MISCHKA’S JAMES MISCHKA AND MARK BADGLEY

Summer highlight?
“Two weeks in Lake Placid in July with no cell phone access.”

Last hurrah? “The Hampton Classic Horse Show.”

JILL KARGMAN

Last hurrah?
“A big waffle cone from The Juice Bar on Nantucket.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Yea! WTF not? Maybe not shoes though. I’m a little Kathleen Turner in ‘Serial Mom’ about that one.”

JOSIE NATORI

Summer highlight?
“Flying back and forth to Manila to be with the family. Got to see Singapore for the first time — the cleanest, greenest and safest city.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “Yes, into early September it’s OK.”

DENNIS BASSO

Summer highlight?
“Split in two with a dinner at our home in Watermill poolside on one of the hottest days of summer and then visiting our good friend Rena Sindi in Saint Tropez.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “I love white even in winter but only if its a real ‘winter white,’ creamy white fur, cashmere, etc. No optic white for me. And if you wear it after Labor Day, then there’s nothing to look forward to on Memorial Day.”

PRABAL GURUNG

Summer highlight? “My time spent in the ocean and sharing stories with my closest friends in Fire Island.”

Will you labor or lounge this weekend? “I will be laboring, but with LOVE! My stylist Tiina Laakkonen will be here with me doing looks — it’s one of the greatest moments leading up to the show.”

BILLY REID

Summer highlight? “This past June we hosted our annual shindig in Florence, Alabama. It’s basically a weekend celebration of various events on the river, chefs treating us all to amazing food, musicians sharing jams, and interesting folks visiting from all over.”

Will you labor or lounge this weekend? “I’ll be working on our show and preparing samples, while trying to watch as much college football as possible. LSU plays Saturday night, so I know that we’ll take a break for sure.”

TRACY REESE

Summer highlight? “Getting to know my new nephew Logan. He just turned seven months old and melts my heart.”

White after Labor Day — yea or nay? “White can be really cool after Labor Day. I have my eyes on a sick pair of white, high-vamped Rochas pumps that will really set off my new fall looks.”

JILL STUART

Summer highlight? “I went to the South of France. The weather is flawless, the beaches are stunning, the food is amazing. It’s really my idea of a perfect holiday.”

Last hurrah? “A girls’ weekend at my house in the Hamptons with all my daughters — lots of music, dancing and eating. My time with them is the most precious thing to me.”

VICTORIA BARTLETT

Summer highlight? “Taking a boat trip to Hydra, Greece last month.”

Last hurrah? “Biking around the parks by the river.”