Runway Review: Body conscious, well-tailored and asymmetric dresses with expert seaming and unusual folding and pleating are what really draw my attention to this collection…
The fall 2012 Narciso Rodriguez collection was a seamless continuation of what we saw in pre-fall with structured outerwear, oversized and voluminous silhouettes, asymmetrical draping and folding, seaming, and color blocking.
Very true to it’s identity, the perfectly tailored, clean line is a home run. The warm chestnut browns and smoky greys were kicked up with saturated oranges and chartreuse and balance of chunky tweeds paired with soft, shiny silks. there is a moss / olive green that had me question the wearability against an array of skin tones, but that is my only call-out.
Outerwear, it being fall, is a big win in the line and varies between from boxy, cocoon or a-line coats to cropped and seamed peplum jackets – these being my favorite – so you can get both your fashion statement AND your functional day jacket in one collection.
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Body conscious, well-tailored and asymmetric dresses are great items, and intricate folds and seaming add intrigue to each piece uniquely. Colorblocking here is mainly tonal, so you that are afraid of color mixing can now have a hand in the trend. The last few looks with slim maxi skirts, cut short in front and creating a train in the back, are elegant but with a young, edgy side. And the sporty details in the straps and hardware add to the utilitarian modernity of the line.
The seaming and unusual folding and pleating are what really draw my attention to this collection. As always the beautiful fit and subtle details keep me impressed season after season. — Alix Kivlin
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Photos & Words: Alix Kivlin