Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ali McGraw and Monochromatic Minimalism

Michael Kors has always created wearable, flattering and ultra-luxurious clothing, and this season was no exception. On Michael Kors' runway, the look was twenties collegiate meets luxe hippie meets Ali McGraw at Harvard (and the variety of references worked!). Lots of plaids, velvet, and cozy cashmere took center stage in a warm, earthy palette. Some of the best looks were the little drop-waisted dresses and of course, fabulous coats (Kors' forte), especially the fur-trimmed ones.

In terms of accessories, the rich leather knee boots and wide circle-buckle belts are definitely classics, and the little knitted caps are bound to become a trend. This look, with the long slouchy skirt, soft sweater, and little cap is casual luxury at its finest.

Narciso Rodriguez's collection was done in his typical monochromatic palette and clean lines, and he did not disappoint. Known for his modern take on minimalism and elegant construction, Narciso featured just-this-side-of-severe tailored suits and dresses, using leather and cleverly placed seams to keep things interesting. His accessories were strong as well, especially the black and white totes - the ideal work bag. The shoes were mostly black and white wedged pumps, proving that wedges are one trend that is not going anywhere (other designers used wedges as well).

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