Monday, September 16, 2013

Doll's Eye View: NY Summer Fashion Collections Pt.2

Though the classic Black and White theme is a clear front running trend for next spring/summer fashions in New York, a few (very few) color trends did emerge.

Silhouettes are easy, breezy, floating over the body like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. What we liked here are the abstract, free style hand-painted splashes of color over sheer cottons and silks. This is definitely a "create your own fabric" opportunity to do something spectacular.

For day or for night, he dress reigns supreme..etched in geometrics, wallpaper patterns, scarf prints or a patchwork of favorite handkerchief prints. Sarong dresses, shifts, or princess line sun-dresses, again the dress in its simplest forms serves as a canvas for pretty prints.
Our girl's wearing a raw silk dress with tunic overlay inspired by Narciso Rodriguez. Her handbag...a doll-sized version of Hermes.
 It wasn't easy finding hot and fiery color in the majority of New York collections. But when color was present, fashions were drenched in lip-smacking, south of the border, sun-kissed oranges, tangerines and mangos. Shift dresses and early 1960's silhouettes will be VERY big next summer.

Leaves, flower petals.....textiles with 3-D texture, graphic prints and embroidery make for soft and sweet evening looks. Consider adding ruffles, matching coats or lots and lots of tulle to your sheath dress. Remember our project "Late Summer Bloom?" Clearly when we did that project we were thinking along the same lines as the great Oscar de la Renta!

 Soft, filmy and slightly greyed, color palettes continue to be shy, for the most part. Sheer fabrics will be very important in next summer's styles. The look is decisively feminine.

Next summer, Seventh avenue is betting you'll bring home the gold....or....silver....or bronze. Lame is simply stunning and you'll want to pour some over your doll in silhouettes like wrap dresses, skirts or free style draped dresses. Super-size paillettes make for show stopping shifts. Beaded fabrics or sequins cut in 60's style A-line dresses are all the rage.
Leave it to Betsy Johnson to design a Barbie ball gown our of metallic tulle! Barbie joined in on the fun with her own silver paillette black tulle gown cinched in with a silver leather belt. Daywear is more down to earth. A tulle skirt holds a flared animal print dress in a perfect party pose!
This brings us back to the major theme of NY Fashion Week...back to Black..and White with reptile embossed fabrics for day, matte paillettes for night.
Next up: We go across the pond to bring you the best of London Fashion Week! Stay Tuned!!!!
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