Saturday, February 04, 2006

Fashion Week Day Two

It's day 2 of NY fashion week, and a few trends are already apparent. One is volume - loose, flowing dresses and puffed up shapes are not about to go away anytime soon. Full skirts and puffed sleeves were shown at shows as diverse as Lacoste and Alex Herchcovitch (who is definitely a designer to watch - especially for the impeccably tailored jackets with couture details).

The colors of the fall are dark, rich, and warm. Nicole Miller showed luxurious separates in classic autumn tones, including elegant coats in solids and a very interesting print (hopefully, this idea of classic shapes in intricate prints becomes a trend). Of course, there was also a slew of red-carpet ready evening gowns, the best of which were a long halter style in the same print as the coats, and a gunmetal goddess gown.

In the past few years, the coat has gone from a winter necessity to a trend item, and there are more than ever to chose from already. Even labels like Miss Sixty (in their first show at Fashion Week) and Rag and Bone had a variety of interesting little coats in fun colors.

Some designers, like Ashleigh Verrier, have eschewed traditional
runway presentations for a kind of living photograph - the models posed in groups resembling magazine editorials. It can be an interesting way to see the clothes, but without the runway, it is hard to discern how the clothes move on a person.

Stay tuned for more NY fashion week coverage from the Fashionable Kiffen, and check out the live podcasts from Fashion Tribes and Almost Girl!

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