Continued from page 2

Max Azria reminded the New York Fashion Week insiders _ and hopefully some shoppers, too _ that skin isn’t always the key to sexiness.

The clothes Azria previewed Sunday for his more upscale signature collection had a sensuality and sophistication that largely came from the ease of the silhouettes. So many of the dresses grazed the body and had such delicate straps that it was almost as if the models wrapped themselves in georgette or crepe sheets and were merely holding it all together with their fingertips.

Even pants were fluid and draped, reminiscent of old-school, glamorous loungewear.


How about a little light with your white? Fashion designer Adam Lippes certainly put that order in with his spring collection, creating an effortless-yet-relatable vibe.

And, for good measure, there was some navy and khaki tossed on to his preview at New York Fashion Week, as well as peach, copper and denim, which is slowly but surely making a return to the runways.

Lippes’ looks, shown at Lincoln center on Saturday, had a bit of a country-club feel, but this wasn’t your mother’s club: It was one where a sheer cotton voile shirt was paired with white denim sailor pants, and a textured linen blazer complemented a buttery leather skirt.


Chilean-born Maria Cornejo went back to her roots for her spring/summer 2011 collection and mixed her South American heritage with urban chic.

At Zero + Maria Cornejo show, it was all about volume and draping, with many looks giving a modern, cutting-edge vibe in mostly black, white and graphite, mixed with some pistachio and coral. There were also prints including a marble print, a tribal one and another with a meshy feel. But it was the use of drapery and volume that made the clothes stand out.

“We are always looking for our heritage,” she said. “I like color. I like the easiness. I like life.”

Michelle Obama has worn the label, but Cornejo said she doesn’t design for just one kind of woman. She designs for herself and the women that she knows.

“You should be able to look at it and say ‘I could throw that on.’ Everybody has it in them to look great,” she said.

Story Continues →