Narciso Rodriguez presents surprising array of patterns, colors, textures

Narciso Rodriguez, the consummate minimalist, revealed a surprising array of patterns, colors and textures when he presented his spring collection at Lincoln Center Tuesday night.

A model sporting a sleek chignon coated in orange paint was the earliest indicator of a change in the air. From the first look, Rodriguez channeled a touch of the season’s fever for color and pattern, incorporating tomato red, orange, aqua and teal before ending the show with a series of six pure arctic white ensembles.

The stiff and structured shapes are Rodriguez at his most elemental — the designer’s trademark crisp lines and careful approach to color instill a feeling of uniformity throughout his collections.


A model walks the runway at the Tibi Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ)

At Tibi, designer Amy Smilovic achieved what she has been attempting for the past several seasons — distancing herself from the flirty printed frocks and girly separates that have comprised the Tibi brand to this point, and venture into more androgynous, adventurous territory.


A model walks the runway at the Tibi Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ)

The palette was made up almost entirely of solid hues, save for a simple green-and-black pattern that appeared on four pieces. Comfortable-yet-elegant suiting and daywear that feels young and fresh, not boring? Kudos to Kling and Smilovic.

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