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					                                                                                                                                                                                                              ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011






NEW YORK: The message after eight                                                                                                                                                                                                         n
days of fall previews at New York
Fashion Week is that the consumer has
choices. There isn’t a must-have look or a
white-hot label that everyone is talking
   One editor wants tuxedo pants from
Proenza Schouler, another the luxe
embroidered coats from Oscar de la                                                                                                                                             Christ
Renta. A stylist has her eye on the bias                                                                                                                                             ian Co
dresses at Sophie Theallet, and Michael                                                                                                                                                    ta
Kors has something for everyone.
   “A lot of lines have their own identity
and personality this season, which is good

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for consumers,” said Adam Glassman,
creative director for O, The Oprah
   Options to consider? Rachel Roy’s
denim trenches, Marc Jacobs’ pencil skirts
and the wearable luxury offered by Donna
Karan, he said.
   Amanda Brooks, fashion director for
Barneys New York, puts a parka coat at             Above and below:
the top of her shopping list. “So far, for      Models seen                                                                                                                                                                             Isaac Mizrahi
me, it’s been about sporty outerwear, done       wearing cre-                                    Ralph                                                                                                                        He put the icing on New York Fashion
in a more luxurious way. It’s about fur        ations by Ralph                                         Laure                                                                                                               Week.
                                                   Lauren;                                                  n
and details — a parka with a more sophis-                                                                                                                                                                                     Mizrahi sent poodles tinted pink, yellow
ticated shape.”                                Christian Cota;                                                                                                                                                             and blue down his runway, along with
   Burgundy was big on almost every run-        Milly; Theory;                                                                                                                                                             tiered cakes to match his line of dresses in
way, along with autumnal navy, rust and         L.A.M.B. and                                                                                                                                                               the same shades. Models wore poodle-
camel — all good colors for women of               Proenza                                                                                                                                                                 esque black poofs on the top of their heads.
different ages and skin tones. Glassman         Schouler dur-                                                                                                                                                                 Large oversized bows draped over
warns, though, that cobalt blue can be           ing Fashion                                                                                                                                                               shoulders or across the backs of the line.
tricky.                                        Week in New York, Feb                                                                                                                                                       Poodles popped up as pins at the waist.
                                                        17. (AP)                                                                                                                                                              Mizrahi, in a black poodle jacket, ran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           down the catwalk with one of the pooches
              Calvin Klein                                                                                                                                                                                                 at the end.
    When there is such emphasis on tailor-                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reed Krakoff
ing and texture, even the slightest tweak
in silhouette matters, and that’s how                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Broad-
Calvin Klein creative director Francisco                                                                                                                                                                                                              shouldered
Costa evolves his collections from season                                                                                                                                                                                                              fashionistas,
to season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rejoice: There
    For fall, he’s made his favorite shape a                                                                                                                                                                                                             are runway
little looser — sometimes boxier — with                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fashions for
sloped shoulders and a curved collar                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you, too.
based on a baseball jacket.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Krakoff
    Costa explained in the show’s notes                                                                                                                                                                                                                    showed
that he was aiming for “youthful exuber-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   jackets and
ance with a sporty vibe and a fast                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coats
pace.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aplenty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             with extra
    Proenza                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  roomy
    Schouler                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shoulders
   Designers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  —a
Lazaro Hernandez                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               boxy
and Jack                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       shear-
McCollough used a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ure   n jacket,
pulsating makeshift                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ralph La
runway in a ware-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for
house to debut a line                                                                                                                                                                                                                          example, over a silk
as homespun as it                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dress, provided a contrast
was urban.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of heavy and light. Or a
   There were master-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jacket in two shades of
ful macrame skirts and                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gray — fancier, but still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Schou ler      with very loose, broad
dresses pieced together                                                                                                                                                                                           Proenza                 shoulders — falling easi-
with exposed stitching,
inspired by the                                                                                                                                                                                                           ly over a matching wrap dress, its slit
American Southwest.                                                                                                                                                                                                      adding a touch of sexiness.
   Coats were exquisite.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stephen Burrows
Long dresses with color-                                                                                                                                                                                                      He mixed sleek stripes, checks, plaids,
ful panne-velvet tops and                                                                                                                                                                                                  prints and jacquard, all “thrown together
black bottoms work for                                                                                                                                                                                                     so it makes fashion.”
day, night — and, for a                                                                                                                                                                                                       The fashion mainstay used red, black
front-row guest like Liv                                                                                                                                                                                                   and gray stripes in dresses and separates,
Tyler — the red carpet.                                                                                                                                                                                                    sometimets sewn together in panels on a
   “At the end of the show,                                                                                                                                                          Milly                                 garment. He used the pattern on a dress
what I was thinking about                                                                                                                                                                                                  paired with a black bolero jacket. The
was that they always rede-               Milly                                                                                                                               sophistication of the 1930’s and its Art      print matched the models’ red-soled
fine for me what’s right for                                                                                                                                                                                               Christian Louboutin shoes.
evening. I was about to go to a                                                                                                                                              Deco and Chinoiserie influences. I see it
                                                                                                                                                                             as relevant and modern now,” Lauren said         He leaned on the silhouette of an egg in
dinner and I’m thinking what I’m wearing                                                                                                                                                                                   skirts and the bottom of dresses.
is all wrong,” said Vogue senior market                                                                                                                                      after the show.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The tailored menswear suits that have        Bibhu Mohapatra
director Meredith Melling Burke. “All I                                                                                                                                                                                       Mohapatra captured a smoldering,
wanted to be wearing was a Navajo pant                                                                                                                                       been all over were here, too, but they’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sophisticated look, offering razor-sharp
and tuxedo jacket.”                                                          Theory                                                                                          not a trend for Lauren. They are a signa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           silhouettes with rich textures and architec-
                                                                                                                                                                             ture. He alternately offered skinny- and
             Ralph Lauren                                                                                                                                                    wide-leg trousers to go with shawl-col-       tural lines. (AP)
  Lauren visited the fineries of Asian                                                                                                               .                       lared jackets, and even tuxedo jodhpurs
                                               fashion in bright-dragon embroideries,                                                         L.A.M.B                        with a wing-collared shirt and wool jack-
                                               silks and satins, and the perfect fit of a                                                                                    et.
                                               slim silhouette.                                                                     gowns and colorful jackets.
                                                  This wasn’t a journey to bustling, con-                 temporary China. It was     “I have always loved the glamour and
                                                                                            regal and elegant with slinky velvet