2009 September 11
(NEW YORK) ELIE TAHARI
The 1970’s YSL safari continued through New York runways this time inspiring one of those all time fave designers who actually know how to make clothes that sell, sell, sell. Spring 2010 will be no exception as Elie Tahari showed a collection full of classics spiced with a dash of tangerine.
"This collection just really exceeded all my expectations," proudly announced Gwen Stefani. "It’s the jackets and jeans and t-shirts that I want to wear." After recently signing with a new license, the skilled entertainer has a reason to feel so accomplished. The eclectic African/ retro inspired pieces looked easy, edgy, and desirable all at once. The collection showcased everything from slinky silk to cocoon trench coats to stunning denim in many appealing variations.
In his grand debut at Rosa Cha, Alexandre Herchovitch completely redefined the beachwear category by creating a vintage denim look that had everyone from editors to beat-master Sean Paul on the edge of their seats. "I like jeans," was the designer’s simple explanation for their inclusion. Of course, there was more traditional (and equally stunning) swimwear included. Inspired by lingerie and the essence of the brand, Herchovitch sent 50’s style bikinis featuring itty bitty polka dots sailing down the runway. The confections seemed too precious to wear in the sand. But who needs the beach when you’ve got Rosa Cha in your closet?
The Ruffian’s foray into Picasso inspired print was nice, but the design duo of Claude Morais and Brian Wolk are still imminently and most uniquely masters of the military coat and jacket, under which, of course, a bit of Picasso-esque lining is a master stroke. Another forte, the high collared ruffle blouse made a more delicate statement this season in swiss dots, but went back to its hip, hard, edgy downtown roots in silk faille. Whew.
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