Fashion Week: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Nanette Lepore, Isaac Mizrahi
NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a round-up of the shows that wrapped up spring 2011 Fashion Week.
Easy, fluid and chic have been three of the favorite words at New York Fashion Week — and that was before the Calvin Klein collection debuted. Now, you can add sexy, smart and glamorous.
Minimal has long been the mantra of Calvin Klein, but Franciso Costa made the most for spring of each fold of fabric. He showed a masterful understanding of how clothes look on the body, and how to use that to the wearer’s advantage. A delicate little tie hugged the models wearing pleated dresses, and the silk crepe V-neck dress was evocative of a slinky-yet-sophisticated robe.
The one potential misstep was the extra chunk of fabric added to already long-length trousers. But one reminder of the back-wrap silk halter dress that opened the show, and all is forgiven.
And those racer-back gowns were oh-so sultry. Will we see front-row guest Katie Holmes in one of them soon?
Costa doesn’t normally pay much attention to trends but this time he nailed the defining look of the season.
Ralph Lauren’s romance with the American West continues. The twists on this runway were the silver sparkle, the ultra-luxe deerskin and sheer fabrics turning up in unexpected places.
Lauren employed traditional touches, such as leather fringe and oversized belt buckles, but there was a freshness and femininity to the clothes, especially the lace pieces.
A beautiful tulle embroidered blouse with a high neck, worn with an off-white leather fringed jacket and off-white linen shorts with crochet stripes down the side, kicked off the show and set the mood. Lauren’s days at the ranch are far more glamorous than your typical cowboy — there might be a need for a deerskin, beaded vest or fringed pants.
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