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New York Fashion Week

published  First Published: 21/09/2009
Article written by: Carol Linbloom
Willow reworked this environmental wonderland with pearl-shell encrusted strong-shouldered jackets and dresses, golden sand brocades, bright ocean-blue prints and ivory dresses adorned with huge swirling shell designs.
Major internationals Karlie Kloss, Iekeliene Stange and Siri Tollerod featured in the on-site show alongside our own Abbey Lee Kershaw.
Creative geniuses Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte showcased a darkly imaginative collection of weaved rags, leathers, velvets and wools based around a morbid tale of a woman burned alive in a savage landscape who pieces together these outfits of rags to cover her burns.
We have to say, she did a pretty darn good job of it.  The tartan rags gave the collection a kind of Scottish Highlands feel alongside the tribal tattooed arms and gothic aesthetic.
Proenza Schouler played with colour and pattern this season in the aim of creating something fresh and youthful.  And it worked a treat.
Looking to the surfing and skateboarding worlds of their younger years (the inspiration for the casual jackets tied around the waist no doubt), the results were like rare and exotic tropical fish with bright, ocean-coloured tie-dyes and colourful micro-ruffled skirts and bright sequins giving the sense of the tropical coloured scales of exotic sea creatures.
The Calvin Klein show closed the fashion week with Francisco Costas latest offering playing with shape and texture, moving away from the structured looks of last season in favour of a fluid collection of rounded shapes and loose-fitting garments.
The collection looked both effortless and comfortable with crinkled opaques and linens, loose ivory jackets and relaxed full-length tank dresses.
The biggest trend from the collection came in the one-armed puff sleeve dresses in heavy, textured peach, dyed cream and charcoal and crisp ivory.
You can expect to see these fashions creeping into our Australian fashion stores towards the end of Winter this year.


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