Tuesday, 4 September 2007


Its that time again. Shows and dissections to see what the world will be sporting in spring/summer '08. The New York fashion week started yesterday, and in case you are thinking three seasons ahead (yes the thermostat reads its still summer), it's advisable you avoid any more fall purchases, till the trends to follow are in, so you can make smarter decisions and opt for clothes that will see you through more than a season. Here are the highlights from the collections featured so far -

Yes, it is still the dress. Dresses featured so far are loose, and flowy, feminine and frivolous. Dresses have been a strong trend past few fashion seasons, but with varying silhouettes. And from the opening shows, the upcoming silhouette seems to be a loose sheath.

Alexander Herchcovitch's stripped down tuxedo collection was sinfully charming.Dominant red and black numbers, and evolution of classic tuxedo into cocktail dresses was impressive. The collection showcased, double breasted coats, lapel necklines, white cuffs, suspenders, corsages and cummerbunds.

BCBG Max Azaria - I liked the collection (a lot) from a wearer's point of view, there were a lot of dresses that ranked high on wearability. And it was a nice deviation from all the looseness and brightness we seem to be happily embracing. It was all ethereal, flowy, muted, with little dabs of color (little I say). There were ivories, ash, lilacs, misty browns...and a lot of organza, tulle, voile, silk twill.

And then there was L.A.M.B. - a mod inspired collection, part sixties, part eighties - honestly, too much variety, from boyish styles, to glitter, to op art, to lace - from shorts and blazers, to swimsuits, to dresses, to skirts...A lot seemed to be happening, but all in all they were in step with being young and hip.

Marchesa showcased an evening's affair, inspired by the rich Indian gold embroidery, on draped silhouettes, lace and tulle dresses, gold appliques, bold saffrons and vibrant reds.

Nicole Miller's collection was almost like fashion was taking a much needed break from all the madness it has been up to lately. Timelessly cut pieces, a decent variety, gorgeous yellows, blacks, taupe, magenta and golds. Key looks were high waisted fitted pencil skirts, loose wide legged trousers and again flowly dresses.

Amongst others were, Mara Hoffman, showing off a colorful psychedelia of billowy draped dresses and graphic pantsuits. Grey Ant showcased structured waists, color blocked linens and asymmetrical tops. Y and Kei attempted to reinterpret peace, love and freedom, in chemise dresses with dramatic details.

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