- Associated Press - Sunday, February 13, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - In the flash of a shoe or burnished honeycombs of copper and gold, the fashion industry put a metallic shine on glamour for fall.

Not blinding bling, though. The sign of more optimistic times, without being irrational, arrived at New York Fashion Week in subtle threads, understated sequins and textured mosaics.

Victoria Beckham said it Sunday, on fashion week’s Day 4, with a loose V-neck caftan above the knee, and chiffon-covered resin bits around the neckline of a fitted dress for night.

Metallic thread embroidery draped with tulle over the shoulder of a delicate day dress was one of Lela Rose’s shining moments.

Elise Overland rocked her edgy ‘70s roots with a bright slicker coat quilted with silvery thread, and abalone-colored squares shimmering as accents on a mint top and dress.

There were metallics in pinks, greens and blues amid the gun colors, and Cynthia Rowley’s playful bows on heels.


For her favorite Upper East Side mansion runway venue, Beckham wore one of the loose, cashmere cocoon dresses that she said she found intimidating when she was more of a novice. The swing trapeze dress and a multi-metallic honeycomb in a caftanlike silhouette were also items she added to the collection with a surer hand.

These roomier designs take more work, but they are worth it so women can be fashionable _ as well as comfortable, explained Beckham, her hair pulled into a long ponytail. (She announced last month that she and husband David Beckham are expecting their fourth child.)

“I designed this collection before I knew I was pregnant,” she said with a laugh.

Using a palette she described as “desert brights,” Beckham offered a teal matte gazar V-neck cocoon that she said was “young red carpet,” but the finale gown in the same color and fabric was the one to talk about: It had chiffon-covered resin bits arranged in a mosaic pattern that looked like shards of shattered glass around the neckline.


Rotating, mirrored poles set sequins dancing on Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway in a trio of finale dresses for evening.

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