Archive for February 12th, 2006

Fashion Week Notebook | Vivienne Tam

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Key Takeaways:  Vivienne Tam has once again created a modern fusion of East and West dressing.

Color Palette:  Black wool, grey herringbone, leopard fur, electric blue, plum, purple and cream.

Silhouettes: Blouses, skirts and jackets emblazoned with the signature VT logo; fur-trimmed, belted sheath dresses; frocks topped with sequined dragon patterns; fitted wool skirt suits.

Accessories Report: Hair pulled half-back into severe buns, black hosiery and gold, chain-link purses.

What’s Wearable: Trench coats constructed out of traditional Asian floral jacquards.

What’s Not Wearable: A plush black coat that would likely serve better as a bathroom rug.

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Fashion Week Notebook | J Mendel

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Key Takeaways:  In addition to the expected black-tie gowns and fur coats, Gilles Mendel attempted to add more of an urban look to his collection with pieces like leather jacquard jackets and knit skullcaps.

Color Palette:  Black, pewter, slate grey, garnet, plum, burgundy, brown, taupe, aubergine, gold, off-white.

Silhouettes: Cocktail dresses hemmed in fur; leather jacquard coats; wrap dresses with a sheer chiffon trim; tiered column dresses, long, kimono-style dresses with sheer lantern sleeves.

Accessories Report: Knit skull caps, leather and suede gloves, knee-high boots, black-rimmed eyes, a complete absence of jewelry.

What’s Wearable: Our favorite J. Mendel dress was a flowy, silver silk column dress gathered at the bust as a lopsided bow.

What’s Not Wearable: The odd-looking and pointless fur-hemmed cocktail dresses. Why not wear a fabulous fur coat instead?

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Fashion Week Notebook | Pamella Roland

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Key Takeaways:
Pamella Roland has mastered the art of seductive formalwear. Her new
collection is sure to make more than a few appearances on the red

Color Palette:  Typical eveningwear colors–black,
chocolate brown, bronze, winter white, cream, grey, burgundy,
and navy–some in monotone jacquard or multicolored paisley prints.

Silhouettes: Plunging
V necklines anchored with satin bows, strapless sweetheart necklines,
high-waisted mermaid skirts, fur-trimmed leather jackets, and
wide lapel collars on everything from a tie-waist
wool jacket to a paisley-print brocade coat.

Accessories Report: Wide belts with large buckles; sporty squarish shades; berry lips and smoky eyes.

What’s Wearable:
A halter top with a ruffled keyhole neckline is the perfect change of pace for nighttime.

What’s Not Wearable: A floor-sweeping, hooded black fur coat, unless you want to look like black bear.

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