Those with less than svelte and sculpted upper arms will thank Vivienne Tam for showing several blouses and dresses that gently fluttered over the arms, camouflaging imperfections. In addition to presenting a monchromatic pants suit in coral, Tam showed mixed florals and geometric patterns in blues and greens on others.
But no one does a melange of patterns better than Duro Olowu. The Nigerian-born designer combined vivid colors, abstract art, animal prints, stripes and florals, frequently in one dress, in his presentation last night.
Giovanna Randall of Honor seduced last night’s audience with two tongue-in-cheek looks: her absent collar and cupcake dresses. In the former, the absent collar was an outline on the chest where the collar should have been, the model’s skin filling in for material; the latter shown in champagne and chiffon yellow featured a full skirt that Marie Antoinette or Betty Draper would sigh over.
Almost every big name in fashion showed up last night for the Joseph Altazurra show at the Chelsea Art Museum. On the eve of Sept. 11, though, the designer showed a more ominous world view than the colleagues preceding him. Against a wild forest backdrop and the sound of drum beats, he sent models down the runway in shirts and vests with built-in holsters. Black leather coats and shiny black pant suits brought to mind episodes of “The Sopranos.” Though there were plenty of bursts of color from lime-green tops and vividly colored jungle print pants, the message was, “Be wary.”
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