A “kite back top,” in magnolia and faded orange, seemed to flutter back onto the neck of the model wearing it as she walked, giving the garment a wind-swept effect. A “kite tail top” had sail-like sashes floating from the back.
In a season full of color, Nanette Lepore’s runway was one of the brightest of them all: Neon yellow, tangerine and pink _ and mixed all together in stripes.
Lepore wisely kept the rest of the silhouette crisp and clean, so there wasn’t too much going on. She favored full skirts and shorts, although there was a series of scuba-inspired, slim-fit dresses, or for a twist, there was a scuba top paired with a very feminine, more forgiving lilac-net skirt that had an orange underlayer peeking through.
She also hit on the popular athletic theme with a tangerine, sequin-covered baseball jacket.
The splash floral print looked best on a tie-front swimsuit, but there was a lovely version on a tie-front dress, too, using a softer, more delicate fabric.
The 1940s’ Hollywood look met the 1970s’ American in Paris on Anna Sui’s runway.
That meant printed turbans on almost every model’s head, a la Greta Garbo, tons of novelty-print dresses and several lingerie-like looks.
Sui’s catwalk always has top-tier models. Karen Elson opened the show in a chiffon dress, patchwork sweater dress and black-and-white marabou jacket, and she closed it in a sequin-top, paisley-leaf gown.
Jessica Stam, with legs decorated with butterflies (Sui’s signature), wore a floral kaftan and a rose-print chiffon romper, and Caroline Trentini wore a butterfly-and-hydrangea-print jumpsuit.
Sui was into novelty prints this season, also offering several looks with stars and heart motifs.
There’s always a vintage vibe on Sui’s catwalk, yet the designer caters to a mostly younger crowd. They might not get the retro references with the lace that trims delicate blouses and the slinky embroidered tulle dress worn like a robe over tap pants, but they’ll look good in them.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
De la Renta doesn’t hold back in an unsure economy. Maybe he doesn’t have to.