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Trends: Classic Glamour, Charm School, A-line, ankle straps, Patent Leather, animal prints, oversized, Red
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Classic dress suits and shell dresses in rich purples and reds were a nod to 50’s femininity. Sumptuous furs and bejeweled embellishments were highlights of the lady-like collection.
Plenty of swing-y, fringy, glittery party frocks abounded, as streamlined shapes got a jolt of energy with a bit of sequined luster and a warm palette of ochres and oranges against the tried-and-true black. Silken dresses fell gracefully from the body creating a sweet feminine frame.
City hauterflies will have no problem staying chic in the frigid New York City winters with the rich, lavish, and best of all, practical Burberry outerwear. Belted calf-length coats were on-the-mark, and patent leather accents added texture and to the dark color scheme. Definitely an investment piece for the season.
A cool 70’s Riding chic feel presided over the Cavalli presentation. Loose pants were balanced by the ever-classic white shirt, and a strategically-placed belt was a nice counter to some of the collection’s more voluminous pieces. Of course, what would a Cavalli collection be without a wild animal print, some fur, and sequins? Those touches were added for the showgirl at heart.
Gauzy animal prints were in full, playful effect, while slivers of skin, and abbreviated hemlines hinted at a girlish sexiness. For a winter collection, there was an awful lot of skin, but then again, who needs clothes when you’re wrapped in an oversized leopard-print fur, or a furry cashmere coat and patent leather pumps? That’s a statement in itself!
A heavenly sea of whites and rich knits are something to look forward to next season. A-line dresses were once again tamed with waist-cinching belts and corsets, and slim, high waistbands.
The look was sex and sports, quite literally with bodysuits accessorized with arm guards. Bondage-like zippers, buckes, and belts played alongside colorful, baggy styles. Spandex, and neon patent-leather offered a party-punk style.
Dolce & Gabbana
Metallic sculpture dresses in supple leather with studded embellishments offered more of the artistic feel than the galactica themes of the past season.
Working girl city chic was a prominent theme, with leather mini dreses tamed by trapeze fur coats. Patent leather was also a big theme in both the clothing and the accessories. The were hints at the mod-60’s, but in silhouettes classic enough to carry over from season to season. There was also artistic play on the otherwise classic sheath dresses. An oversized bows and sequins offered a dramatic sense of play.
Color, pattern, and play-purples, and pinks mingled with oranges, yellows, and even browns for a psychedelic collection of funky dresses and tunics with an occasional dose of fur. These stand out pieces are a welcome contrast against the dark morose colors of winter.
Crème and black furs were a luxurious sight to the runways. Leathers coats and wraps were covered with neutral color and pattern play, both natural, and man-made. Still, the look was streamlined, sophisticated, and rich.
The rich, stylish jetsetter was the theme for this collection, as supple leathers, and tailored trousers and bermudas paired easily with monogrammed luggage for the sophisticated traveler. Even the eveningwear was a nice blend of easy, moveable knits. The pieces were classic, comfortable, and not at all sloppy-comfort and sophistication merged flawlessly.
The nod to 1940’s postwar chic was apparent in the pieces here as stealthy knits and sturdy wrap boots gave an almost utilitarian feel at times. But glamour and femininity were never lost with the just-below the knee hemlines and cinched waists. The color-block section gave a modern art twist reminiscent of the design and structure of German War art posters.
Given the sumptuousness of the textiles there was a light and airy playful feel about this collection. Particularly enjoyable were the cropped jackets, and the spacious mod shift dresses. Less a statement, and more a playful theme, the graphic tees and tights will be a great way to add character to a funky minidress.
The most exciting part of this collection were the multi-tonal jackets, skirts, and pants with their rugged nature-like textures. The color swatches seemed to be picked straight from nature, and the pieces had a malleable, moveable quality.
Streamlined pantsuits and shell dresses in neutral tones are always a safe bet for any classic wardrobe. Sanders pieces were well cut, elegant, and above all, timeless.
Pringle of Scotland
You’ll never have to worry about warmth in the sumptuous, lavish knits of Pringle. More than any other element, it was definitely the knits that took center stage, as they adorned hemlines, necklines, and cuffs. Metallics took on a neutral feel as dark opaque tights and flat color separates downplayed the shiny qualities of the metals. This was a fresh, stylish, and urban collection.