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2009 September 17

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Alexandre Herchcovitch Fall 2008 Alexandre Herchcovitch Fall 2008
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(NEW YORK) Alexandre Herchcovitch
Always inventive, sometimes even spooky, Alexandre Herchcovitch served up plenty of piping hot avent garde treats, all heavily rainbow-splashed. Silk frocks and precious lace detailing gave the impression that the models had just crawled out of a toy box. The baby doll look radiated child-like awe, shading the collection with a layer of innocence. The final metal hoop skirts and dresses resembled the scene when Alice of Alice in Wonderland grows too big and wears her house. The rubber material, barrage of color and original approach all contributed to an overall visually arresting collection.

Anna Sui
Twiggy meets Bozo in Anna Sui’s 2010 Spring collection. “I wanted everybody to enjoy my mod circus. Dr. Doolittle, which was filmed in the 1960s, but was about the 1830s served as my inspiration. I loved how men dressed like dandies in the Victorian era. I had a lot of fun building collages of clothing,” offered Anna Sui. There was plenty of print on print action during the show. Layering, clashing patterns and colors worked with each other in cohesion instead of against in chaos. Each model flashed a giant grin at the end of the runway, driving home the notion that clothes should make you feel joyful.

Doo.Ri
Slick, steel gray and powerful while still light and airy, designer Doo Ri Chung explored subtle detailing in her latest collection, focusing on minutiae like slightly asymmetrical collar lines. A metallic color palate grounded the collection…literally. Frocks and tops glittered like cement in the sun as they sailed down the runway. Unexpected bursts of flamingo pink sharpened the collection’s softer gray edges. Pearl gray jersey dresses and quilted silk opal dresses exuded high sophistication, while still communicating a sense of relaxation.

Tory Burch
Not many contemporary designers have a clearer brand that Tory Burch. Thank her Reva ballet flats with the signature T logo, or thank her unwaveringly preppy aesthetic, but Tory's fans know they won't come into a presentation and be faced with too many surprises. That’s not to say that she’ll bore you, however. A studded leather skirt may not scream preppy summer fare, but topped with a sweet cardigan and placed next to a pair of eyelet shorts or a classic oxford, and it fits. Metallic tweeds, gingham suits, bright florals and a striped blazer all made for classic looks with just the right amount of quirk.

 

 




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