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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Zac Posen

Zac Posen Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: NewYork Magazine

Key Takeaways:  Zac Posen’s focused his 1940s tailoring sensibility on polished jackets, suits, and his signature dresses.  Silhouettes were generally slim, though Zac shook things up with volume added in just the right places.

Color Palette: Black, black, and more black, with greys, white, and shots of royal purple and blood red.

Silhouettes: Zac Posen showed mainly big-over-small silhouettes,such as a voluminous military kimono sleeved coat with a slim skirt.  Pants were skinny and high-waisted.  A number of babydoll looks, complete with ruffles and volume, made their way onto the runway.  Fitted cocktail looks were ruffled and featured sheer-over-solid layering.  Zac’s signature eveningwear featured curve-hugging gowns with fishtail hemlines.  Detailing to note included oversized collars, ruffles, and pocket and tab detailing.

Accessories Report:  Long, elbow length black gloves accessorized the sexy, tailored looks.

What’s Wearable: 
One of our favorite looks was a peach-pink ruffled blouse with flutter sleeves paired with a burgundy tulip skirt. We also loved a cropped ruffled black jacket paired with an above-the-knee skirt.

What’s Not Wearable: 
A poufy fur coat with ruffled, horizontal detailing–tough for a stick-thin model to pull off, near impossible for Real Women to wear.

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: NewYork Magazine

Key Takeaways:  An architecturally inspired collection with a somewhat mod, futuristic feel. 

Color Palette: Muted blacks and greys, paired with metallics.

Silhouettes: Monique Lhuillier’s strength is her dresses, and the architectural seaming on these dresses was reminiscent of Narciso Rodriguez, circa 2003.  Details to note: the high neckline, the yoke-collar combination, and the slim vertical cutouts.

Accessories Report: 
Metallic belts expressed the architectural theme of the collection.

What’s Wearable: 
On the red carpet, we expect to see the high-waisted cap-sleeved black dress with metallic gold hardware–the perfect silhouette for women looking to visually elongate their legs. 

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Heatherette

Heatherette Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: NewYork Magazine

Key Takeaways: In a season of intense wearability (hello, Betsey Johnson), we took an intermission at Heatherette, where we saw no shortage of neon colors, fanciful silhouettes, and eclectic detailing. Lots of layering, hordes of warming sweaters, some punk and some ski-inspired looks made their way down the purposefully wild runway. If a skier and a punk-rocker fought each other in a deathmatch, their remains would resemble the Heatherette Fall 2007 show.

Color Palette: Every color under the sun, including purple, bright blue, neon yellow, red, hot pink, silver and gold.

Silhouette: Equally voluminous and skin-tight. Voluminous looks included bubble skirts, sweaters, ponchos, zip-up hoodies, and Tarzan dresses. Streamlined looks included high-waisted skirts, short shorts, leather bathing suits, and leather pants.

Accessories Report: Sheer tights, ankle boots, layered and chunky bangles, and hats.

What’s Wearable: Almost nothing in Heatherette’s collection is directly translatable to the streets. But then again, do Traver Rains and Richie Rich really design for the common folk?

What’s Not Wearable: We’d like to point out the Dorothy-inspired costume and the leather accessories (which scream S&M).

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Milly Mod Shift Dress

Milly Mod Shift Dress Love the extended placket and the coolly chic black and white.

$288  at Azalea SF.

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Doo Ri

Doo Ri Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: NewYork Magazine

Key Takeaways: Shorter and sexier, Doo Ri Chung’s Fall 2007 collection mixes her signature architectural draping with a darker edge.

Color Palette:
Black, with touches of gray and navy, and bursts of yellow, teal, and bourdeaux.  In keeping with the metallic trend of Fall 2007, shiny sequins made their appearance as well.

Silhouettes: In a word, short.  Doo Ri’s signature draped dresses, paired with dark tights, hit above mid thigh.  Skinny, high waisted pants and skirts with bubble hems were paired with babydoll shapes and capelets.  Detailing included fur, lace, and bows.

Accessories Report: Smolderingly sexy elbow-length black gloves were the standout accessory of this collection.

What’s Wearable:  Cap sleeves and kimono sleeves favor those who want to cover up heavy upper arms. 

What’s Not Wearable:
We love Doo Ri’s draped dresses, but they’re cut too short to be worn without pants off the runway.

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Fall 2007 Fashion Week Notebook | Venexiana

Venexiana Fall 2007 Runway
Photo Credit: Omiru: Style for All

Key Takeaways: A refreshing change from the boxy shapes of past seasons, Kati Stern brought back floaty shapes and 1940’s Hollywood glamour.  Models seductively strode down the runway to old-school hip-hop beats with romantic Veronica Lake hair wearing knee-length dresses of chiffon and fur coats paired with slim oatmeal-colored leggings. Delicate chiffon followed luxurious sable, satin and velvet down the runway.  Lowered pockets, bows and piping accentuated the luxurious feel of the collection.  Key trends included: sleeved dresses, voluminous sleeves, oversized collars, oversized buttons, pocket detailing, plaid, and fur.

Color Palette:  Sand, wood and charcoal-inspired colors let us reminisce about faded sepia prints from grandma’s boudoir. 

Silhouette:  A-line skirts and slim pants complemented Little Red Riding Hood capelet fur coats.  Romantic silk and chiffon dresses were slender and form-fitting with hemlines that ranged from knee-length to floor-sweeping.  Waistlines varied, sitting at the natural waist to the hipline. Leggings–a continuing trend–were also featured.

Accessories Report: A shoe for every occasion – t-strap heels for long flowy dresses and Mary Janes for sassy shorter dresses.  Belts and bows were wide with a soft sheen, and large floppy sable hats perched jauntily on top of long loose hair.

What’s Wearable: We loved the layers upon layers of chiffon and silk in the dresses – controlled volume with a lot of romance.

What’s Not Wearable:  Skip the socks with your heels–wear stockings or go bare.

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