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2009 September 18

Runway Reviews

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(NEW YORK) Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger prefers it under the boardwalk. The designer favored the breezy California sensibility in his Spring 2010 show, rethinking the casual glamour that is distinctively Californian. You could practically hear the waves crashing against the rocks as foamgreen frocks sailed down the runway. It is difficult to create a mini tube dress that is both sweetly youthful and sophisticated, but Tommy has mastered this harmony. The collection also included East Coast references that we associate with Hilfiger--khaki cotton shorts and nautical stripes brought back memories of Nantucket nights. Whether Pacific or Atlantic, Hilfiger knows how to deliver relaxed ensembles fit for the unfussy.

Naeem Khan
The only downside to Naeem Khan's exquisite presentation format is that it doesn't afford Khan the opportunity to hear all that applause at once. With a "punked-up Raj" Spring 2010 collection that incorporated lavishly bejeweled tops with, say, a fuschia pouf skirt, Khan quite literally took it up a notch with killer styling and the kind of clothes that make women look their best.  "It reminds you of India in the old days," Khan explained. Take us back!

Drawing from just about every source imaginable, Chocheng was influenced primarily by “Holly Golightly, Frederico Fellini and Japanese obi.” Perhaps most notable and representative of all three major inspirations was the turquoise silk charmeuse gown with white piping and oversized bow, meant to look like a giant Tiffany’s box. In Chocheng’s creations, the classic jewelry boxes got an origami makeover. Chocheng’s designs are totally wearable with just the right amount of romance and quirk. Billowy bell sleeves, asymmetry and coils of silk “rose petals” created this elegance meets whimsy design effect.


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