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.
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.”