Yigal Azrouël's 2010 Fall Fashion runway collection was a mix of moods: soft and sexy draping juxtaposed with structured suit leg silhouettes, a muted neutral palette accented by a punch of color, and a play on masculine and feminine forms. According to Azrouël, the hybrid of different garments and fabrics creates new silhouettes and pseudo layers for Fall.
We first introduced Riller & Fount back in '07 when it had just debuted — I think it needs a proper introduction now that it's a full-blown label. The creative forces behind it are LA friends Susie Crippen (cofounder of J Brand) and Marlena Ruiz. The bottom line is: all their pieces translate seamlessly from day to night. The other important thing you should notice is a drape-lovers' mecca. Whether it's draping on the bodice or torso, it's flattering and feminine.
The best part is, the jersey fabrics make Riller & Fount frocks super comfortable. And prices aren't ridiculous — $93 to $179. I must get my hands on this Riller & Fount Athens Draped Mini Dress ($159). Perfect for day (with flat boots) and night (high-heeled booties).
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The Donna Karan wisdom continues. After listening to her and Ken Downing at the Neiman Marcus event in San Francisco, I have a newfound interest in draping and defining luxury. Donna also mentioned Michelle Obama ("Michelle Obama is an icon") and emphasized the importance of jewelry when she spoke of her years collaborating with Robert Lee Morris: "Jewelry is important. Accessories are extremely important." Oh, and my favorite Donna quote? "Glamour — I forgot the word glamour!" Here's more Donna dish:
- Donna on draping: She always makes her skirts wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. "Draping is how fabric wraps around your body and accents the positive and hides the negative."
- Donna defines luxury: There is a difference between seeing something and wearing it, and to her, wearing is luxury. It's the difference of seeing and touching. This year was the most challenging year. It's important to not deny it and have consciousness about it. "I feel luxury is how we care for ourselves and other human beings."
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When I think of Donna Karan, here's what comes to mind: draping, bodysuits, DKNY, womanly, classic, zen. When I met Donna Karan at a recent event at Neiman Marcus in SF, all those thoughts flooded me. But it wasn't overwhelming because Donna calmed me down with a (zen) fashion mantra: "Fashion is not all about what's on the outside. It's what you wear on the inside that also counts." I pondered that all day . . .
Prepondering, I witnessed an intimate runway show of her Fall collection. The charming senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman's, Ken Downing, served as co-maestro. Donna disclosed that she finds microphones "annoying. They're not genuine." And according to Downing, DK's collection was his high point at Fashion Week. "I love this collection," he said. On with the Donna!
- Donna on her Fall collection: Her collection was a reflection of the past, present, and future. It's also empowerment for women. It's not just about designing. It's necessary to be intentionally thoughtful.
- Donna on the resurgence of shoulder pads: "We've got a lot on our shoulders right now," DK said, referring to the economy. Ken said, "You can carry a lot more with those shoulder pads." Shoulder pads make hips appear narrower. Nobody gains weight on the shoulders, she said, referencing the cold shoulder dress.
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When I feel like channeling my inner goddess, I look for clothes with decadent draping. This ode to Grecian beauty is all about soft textiles wrapped, folded, and pleated into beautiful cuts. Take for example this Elizabeth and James Drape Skirt ($295). The smokey lilac hue and fluid swoop are simultaneously modern yet magical; the thick black banded waist adds sporty chic. Quite the perfect Spring skirt . . .
Need a little Lanvin in your life but can't exactly afford it? This Vintage Grecian Black Cocktail Dress (check listing for measurement details) is your best bet. The draping is flawless and the side slit sexy. Rami from Project Runway would definitely approve.
The current bidding price is at $16.50 and the auction ends on Thursday, Feb. 21. Good luck and happy bidding!
Designer du jour, Catherine Malandrino, showed a bold Spring collection - sometimes, a little too bold. While her feminine and chic designs have recently been celeb favorites I'm not sure we'll be seeing some these newbies grace the red carpet. Malandrino attacked the art trend with fervor and sometimes it hit and sometimes it missed.
Aside from the venue, the Chelsea Art Museum, being over crowded, bold colors and prints dominated the runway. Catherine's strengths - ultra femme dresses, chic tailoring and elegant draping - persevered but her artsy prints and stiff cocktail dresses were questionable. In short, I had a love/hate experience at Malandrino. What do you think?!
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n. Technique used by designers to create garments by draping fabric on dress form. A pattern is then cut from the draped segments and made into designer's sample garment. The garment is made of unstitched cloth that is held to the body by means of pins, fibulae, or clasps, sashes or belts, tying, or friction and gravity alone. Many draped garments are one piece.
I see several of you aspire to be Greek goddesses. I don't blame you! Who doesn't want to be dripping with draping? Begone days of tight-fitting dresses! These options found by you all are easy, breezy and sexy. They leave a little something to the imagination and blow in the wind creating an ethereal look. I like wearing my draped pieces with exotic bold jewelry - to add to the fantasy.
The Fab Finder of the week is the double Grecian finder nyc_gal>! Every week the Fab Finder I announce Monday morning will receive either a TeamSugar or FabSugar baby tee shirt. I thoroughly enjoy perusing your Fab Finds every week, so dare to be a Fab Finding trendsetter and you just might win a Sugar tee!
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