- Associated Press - Thursday, February 10, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Fashion Week injected some color into a city drowning in gray slush, waking up the basic-black fashion crowd on opening day with shades of neon pink and poppy orange.

Pantone, which sets professional color standards, reported Thursday that the most requested shades for the fall collections being previewed at New York Fashion Week include bamboo, deep teal, an eggplant purple called phlox, and the melonlike honeysuckle.

Based on that, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, predicts a painterly feeling to the clothes shown over the next eight days, with a balance of bright colors against staple neutrals.

Max Azria’s BCBG collection balanced flashes of yellow and cobalt against fall classics like navy and gray. Jenni Kayne used a neon pink, with models in bright pink lipstick.

Retailers, editors and stylists get a preview of more than 100 runway collections over eight days in New York, which kicks off the catwalk season that will then move on to London, Milan, Italy, and Paris.


Luca Luca creative director Raul Melgoza brought the deep woods to center stage, previewing looks that mimicked nature’s seasonal gifts.

“This season was inspired by the adventures to be discovered in the deep woods _ the beauty, the color, the fantasy,” he told The Associated Press.

Of course, Mother Nature is full of contradictions, he added, and that’s where the juxtaposition of lace and wool, or feminine sheers with tough, barklike fabrics come in. There also were opposing silhouettes of slim, pencil skirts versus exaggerated A-lines. Trousers moved back and forth between skinny and wide-leg.

Melgoza captured the colors of the season with rich shades of orange, olive and fuchsia, and a creamy white pleated skirt paired with a delicate silk-inset blouse was the calm after the big, early-season storm.

The best moments of the show were the quiet, delicate ones _ a leaf-print sheath or the silver “birdseed” cocktail dress with a black beaded overlay.


With a collection inspired by the moody, dramatic orchid, Christian Siriano showed how much he has blossomed as a designer since his novice days on “Project Runway.”

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