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Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Zac Posen

Zac Posen Spring 2007
Photo Credit: NY Metro

Key Takeaways: The fashionable young man, Zac Posen, focused on several trends for the Spring season: short dresses, metallic colors, cuffed shorts, and ruffles. Now, these concepts are nothing new, but Posen managed to be original by not ODing on the volume trend.

Color Palette: The main crop of colors shown were off-white, gold, and grey; lime green, hot yellow, teal, army green, and light pink were introduced minimally.

Silhouettes: Pant suits with baggy trousers, silk blouses with bows tied in front, blouses with exaggerated ruffle sleeves, skirt suits with deep side slits, trapeze jackets, cuffed shorts, and cowl neck dresses.

Accessories Report: Models wore wristlets and large leather satchels.

What’s Wearable: With the exception of the dramatic and voluminous evening gowns, everything is pretty wearable. Especially suited for the streets are the cuffed shorts and suits.

What’s Not Wearable: The finale dress, a lot like Melania Trump’s wedding dress, is much too dramatic (and hard to walk in). A red satin dress with uneven edges and a gigantic bow at the neck will make you look like a wrapped holiday gift.

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Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Vera Wang

Vera Wang Spring 2007
Photo Credit: Coutorture

Key Takeaways: Omiru would like to respectfully sympathize with Vera Wang on the passing away of her father, C. C. Wang, on the morning of her show.  Whether intentional or not, the line had a somber and darkly delicate feel with colors and controlled shapes that mirrored the solemn occasion. 

Color Palette: Darkly rich and strong like our favorite espresso. We took note of steel greys, blacks, matte mustard gold, and Spring’s cream for our coffee, white.

Silhouettes: Victorian layers with accentuated volume permeated Vera Wang’s line.  Satins were shaped into tight capris and full length pants, while flower prints spruced up babydoll and flared A-line dresses.  We did a double take upon seeing a cocktail party appropriate black voluminous cinch waisted dress with enough layers for fullness (but not enough to overpower the wearer).  Color-intense draped wraps and small ruffles on the shoulders focused eyes on the bodice. 

Accessories Report: We took note of complementary flats in neutrals with cozy straps across the tops of the feet.

What’s Wearable: Knee-length printed dresses with large belts and soft kidskin leather flats are oh-so-adorable!

What’s Not Wearable: Avoid the frilled neck panel on the sleeveless black shirt to avoid overwhelming your face.

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Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook: Doo.Ri

Doo.Ri Spring 2007
Photo Credit: NY Metro

Key Takeaways: Doori Chung is known for elegant draping, fabric gathers, and the small details that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Omiru is pleased to report that Spring 2007 does not disappoint.  While her Fall 2006 collection featured wonderfully excessive draping and folds in jerseys with a palette of mostly blacks and some neutrals, her Spring 2007 line turns those styles and colors on their heads with delicate draping and neutral-intense colors.  Lovely wide belts in matte metallics adorned waists below which ruffles gently fell and sheer greys and whites are layered over delicate dresses.

Color Palette: Pale creamy neutrals in white,  silver, champagne, chocolate brown, and basic black.

Silhouettes:  Smooth, sweet and classic means shapes such as feminine babydolls and long and lean silhouettes.  We saw the return of skinny pants in black and white (see the "Hello Audrey" GAP ads this season) and slim draping along the lower torso (pictured above).  A smooth-fitting trench with floppy lapels in a richly light chocolate brown appeared on the runway for those April showers, and a delicate white ruffled dress with a black tribal-esque design is perfect for those warm May days.  We also took note of an oversized bow around the neck of a puff-sleeved and uncharacteristically structured shirt, as well as the appearance of both natural and drop waists. 

Accessories Report:  Models pranced down the runway in everything from T-strap flats to  wrapped heels in neutral complementary colors.  The large belts previously mentioned also appeared along with a classic black watch.

What’s Wearable:  While black may be a bit too sober for spring, we did appreciate a classic, form-fitting, cinched-waist black zip-up jacket paired with a lovely tight pencil skirt.  A good number of the dresses in matte colors were also very spring appropriate for a lovely sit-down at a café and people-watching on an Italian piazza.

What’s Not Wearable:  Avoid dresses that contain too much shimmer and sequins for day-time (even if layered with a sweater).
 

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Spring 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Manuel

Manuel Spring 2007
Photo Credit: Coutorture

Key Takeaways: Tunes like "California Love" and "Bad to the Bone," shook the tent, while male and female models rocked the catwalk with lots of sequins, glitter, leather, rose-embossed shirts (a Manuel signature), ruffles, linen, and crisp suits. This was one of the most fun-filled productions of Fashion Week, and the father-son duo behind Manuel even got a standing ovation at the finale.

Color Palette: Black, white, brown, beige were shown alongside glittery sequins and denim fabrics.

Silhouettes: For women: Sleeveless leather jackets, cargo pants, cuffed denim skirts, matador-style jackets, and v-neck long ruffle dresses. For men: Matador jackets, tattered jeans, and button-down shirts with Swarovski crystals.

Accessories Report: For women: Pointy snakeskin boots had chains; some models had Swarovski crystal-encrusted broches in their hair.

What’s Wearable: Since most of the pieces were crystal-encrusted, it would be hard to wear them during the day. Many of the women’s evening dresses, however, are definitely wearable for fancy occasions. Men would appreciate the rugged denim and leather blazers.

What’s Not Wearable: At the very beginning of the show, two models - one male, one female - walked out wearing what looked like a bling-ed out bullet-holder. It was appealing for the Manuel runway, but it can’t really be translated onto the streets. The men’s shirts with crystals are also very Elvis-esque, so unless you’re trying to channel the King of Rock, we wouldn’t recommend.

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Chrysacola and Birch Leaf Necklace

Chrysacola and Birch Leaf NecklaceDesigner Anne Maa craves nature.  And reflecting on her Chrysacola and Birch Leaf necklace, she says, "What’s better then to put that nature with wrapped stones and string them on a long chain to play with."

Anne recommends pairing the long necklace with a deep v-neckline and adds that it looks great layered with other shorter necklaces.

Fun facts about Anne?  She doesn’t like cheese, has a fear of joining any clubs…and of sour fruits, and she wears open toed shoes and sandals all year round.

$160 at Anne Maa Designs.

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This Week on Omiru: More Fashion Week Coverage

Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2007We’re back home after a whirlwind Fashion Week in New York, and we’re still working on bringing the best in Fashion Week coverage to you, our loyal readers.  This week, we’ll bring to you over a dozen more show reviews, more backstage designer and industry interviews, and our requisite trend roundups. 

Until then, don’t forget to vote on our Fashion Week inspired poll: Kimono Sleeves: In or Out!

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Omiru Poll Results: Menswear as Womenswear is In!

Omiru Poll Result: Menswear as womenswear is In!


Omiru Poll Result: Menswear as Womenswear is InWe asked: Is Menswear as Womenswear In or Out?

You said: It’s In.  58% are all over this trend, while only 24% think it’s Out.  The remaining 18% believe it’s On the Way Out.

Omiru’s take: Perfect for work, menswear inspired separates like vests, tailored shirts, ties, and wide leg trousers are a welcome addition to our closets.  These classic shapes are easily adapted for womenswear with the addition of accessories like clutches, wide belts, and fedoras.

Next Question: The big trend story for Spring 2007 is Volume, Volume, Volume.  Sleeves, in particular, are larger than life with kimono styles, which have sleeves cut in the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment.  But what do you
think?  Tell us, are Kimono Sleeves In, or are they Out?  Cast your
vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Nickel Vest, Ya-Ya Shirtdress, Vince Wide Leg Trousers, Malini Murjani Clutch, all at Shopbop.

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