- Associated Press - Sunday, October 3, 2010

PARIS (AP) - Reliable as a fine Swiss watch, St. Gallen, Switzerland-based fashion house Akris can always be counted on to deliver the kind of workaday staples professional women crave, and Sunday’s clean-lined spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection was no exception.

Between the no-frills shirtdresses in starched white poplin and the sharp pantsuits that were just fashion forward enough, there was plenty for the corporate woman to choose from. The A-line dresses and billowing skirts with jagged, asymmetrical hemlines in a greenhouse of saturated flower prints added a touch of drama to the otherwise serene collection.

The only flaw was the shoes, towering wedges with a footbed that curved downward, like a black diamond ski slope. Both bizarre and torturous-looking, they stand little chance of making it into the corporate boardrooms that are the natural habitat of the rest of the collection.



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