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Archive for January, 2008

I think it’s safe to say that black and white is no longer an option for a wardrobe stunner. I’m not sure if it’s a result of the recent throwback to the oh-so-colorful 80s or retribution for the years we’ve spent in the drab days of neutrals, but color is definitely dotting the fashion landscape. Balenciaga splashed the Paris runway with a chaotic combo of bright hydrangeas, peonies, daffodils, and pansies, cementing Nicolas Ghesquière as head of the house. Jennifer Connelly has recently been chosen as the new face for the vibrant collection – a perfect mixing of the simplicity and freshness of the star and the wildly untamed flowers of Balenciaga’s arrangments. And as discussed in a previous posting, who could ignore the delicious brashness of Prada’s new collection in Milan. Floral seems to be the modus operandi of designers this year, but Prada does it so bold and artsy your grandma would never consider it. The leaves really take the main stage in this look and the tunic itself could double as a watercolor painting in a museum exhibit. Louis Vuitton, despite designing exceedingly tiresome handbags and car interiors, has been producing some pretty wonderful ads that emanate the perfect mismatch of colors seen in the 30s and 40s. The show in Paris gave off the exact same vibe with lots of yellows, oranges, and pinks. I especially fell in love when the first girl (after the bizarre nurses’ uniforms in the beginning), draped in boring gray fabric, turned around and bright blue bottoms lit up the runway. Reem Acra gave New York some color this winter with this sunny yellow dress dotted and belted with purple. Alexandre Herchcovitch also showed in New York with what I think might have been recycled from my old dance uniforms. All in all, it’s going to be one vivid summer…I just hope it’s not back to boring old grays and blacks when winter comes bearing bad hues.

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