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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Zac Posen

Zac Posen Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  Inspired by the countryside–the Shakers and the wheat fields of the Great Plains, Zac Posen created a Spring 2008 collection that was at once restrained and unashamedly sexy.  And probably frowned upon by the Shakers.  In his runway tour of the midwest, Posen picked up on a number of key Spring 2008 trends: emphasis on the waist, colorblocking, the use of sheers, feathers, asymmetry, (tiered) ruffles, the pouf skirt, the long blazer, voluminous sleeves, and the oversized collar.

Color Palette: 
Wheat tan, yellow, red and shades of blue added color to Posen’s black and white.

Silhouettes: 
Day looks included an emphasis on the waist, high necked blouses, vests, skinny pants, blouses with voluminous sleeves, structured coats, boxy jackets, long blazers, oversized collars, cuffed pants, and short shorts.  Despite Posen’s chosen theme, his eveningwear exuded dramatic sexiness, with structured bustiers, tiers of ruffles, and unashamed asymmetry. One slinky black dress was belted at the knee and featured a pool of fabric and feathers likely 5 feet in diameter.  And his closing set of dresses, featuring clouds of drapey, marbled fabric, was anything but Shaker-esque.

Accessories Report:  Belts at the natural waistline, the fedora (feathered), and structured handbags (including the clutch).

What’s Wearable: The structured coats and boxy jackets were very wearable, along with the tops with oversized collars.

What’s Not Wearable: 
We’d recommend passing on the poufy minidress with the metallic wheat appendage.  A bit too literal of an interpretation of the Great Plains, if you ask us.  Careful also with the short shorts and skinny pants for obvious figure flattery reasons.

Previous Zac Posen Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Reem Acra

Reem Acra Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


By Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

Key Takeaways: 
The emphasis on the waist, classic cuts, and grown-up glamour.  Reem Acra showed ethereal fabrics, saturated jewel tones, voluminous sleeves, full Dioresque skirts, tiered skirts and column skirts.

Color Palette: 
Citron yellow, royal purple, vibrant kelly green,and bold red lent vitality to classic eveningwear. Classic black and white combinations also made a bold statement.  Dove grey and silver also added drama and sophistication to the vibrant palette.

Silhouettes:  Figure flattering cinched waists, peasant cut blouses with lean skirts, classic Grace Kelly-esque full skirts with feminine puff sleeve blouses, sexy sheer skirts revealing lace tap pants. Rich grey skirts with purple crinolines peeking out from under the hem.  Pure femininity was displayed in the cut of every sleeve, skirt and dress.

Accessories Report: 
Jewel toned wide belts at the natural waist line and classic pumps.  We loved the splashes of color on a rich purple dress with a bright yellow belt and green pumps.

What’s Wearable:
  Every piece of clothing was more or less wearable–and sure to make you a knockout.

What’s Not Wearable:  The sheer blouses may not be for the faint of heart, but the fabrics and embroideries were so breathtaking that one might throw caution to the wind.

Previous Reem Acra Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Reem Acra

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  A body-conscious collection of dresses and separates in solid colors.  The neutral-colored collection was loosely fitted, with volume being cinched in at the waistline.

Color Palette:  White dominated the collection, along with grey and beige.  Splashes of spring green, light blue, and turquoise added visual interest.

Silhouettes:  Of note was: (1) the loose fit of the garments, (2) the emphasis on the waistline, (3) the skirts that ended at mid-calf, and (4) the voluminous sleeves.

Accessories Report:  Strappy gladiator/orthopedic style shoes.

What’s Wearable:  Most of the collection was wearable–favorite pieces included a grey, cap-sleeved dress with a high front slit and the blousy white overcoat with the kimono sleeves.

What’s Not Wearable:  Skirts that end at mid-calf are tough to wear without looking short. 

Previous Calvin Klein Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein

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Lucite Bangle

Lucite Bangle

The perfect accompaniment for a mod minidress.

$4.80  at Forever 21.

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