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September 29, 2006

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Special Edition:
Fashion Week Encore

I know and realize that the reality of the fashion and beauty industry is that everyone lives for the new season (and for a true fashionista, it is never difficult to get all jazzed up about the latest flirty skirts and halter tops, even if it is below freezing outside. Same goes for fur-lined boots and chic trench coats in June.) But I digress. There are thousands, no, hundreds of thousands (OK, let's be realistic here) millions of fashionistas whose very existence revolves around the study, development, design and presentation of seasonal fashion. (Not to mention the procurement of said fashions (and accessories) and the best part—wearing aforementioned chic and stylish fashions to various soirées, social engagements and hot dates!) Just hearing the words, "Fashion Week" is enough to give a little shiver of delight, whether Paris, New York, London, Milan—and on and on!

So, dearest girls, knowing what complete cutting-edge fabulous fashionistas you are, and that you are all so very fashion-ward that you are actively planning your spring wardrobes as I type, we are so very pleased that one of our own darling She She girls was front and center (figuratively speaking!) during the recent Olympus Fashion Week in New York, and is sharing her recap for your benefit and continued über-stylisheness!

A Look Ahead: Spring 2007 Trends

It's always a good idea to shop a few seasons ahead, especially when your end-of summer/early fall purchases can carry over to the spring season. Straight from the runways of Olympus Fashion Week in New York, are the latest trends for the Spring 2007 season:

The key to this spring season is feeling comfortable, while choosing wearable pieces made of lightweight fabrics and textures. Belts are an important part of completing a look—thin belts, chunky belts, graphic belts. Accessories in general are a must-have, as designers show brand extension through their collections. Be on the lookout for to-die-for Michael Kors leather satchels and clutch bags and Marc Jacobs bags embellished with large stones. Designers such as Mark Bouwer, Jenni Kayne, Nicole Miller and Baby Phat include swimwear as part of their collection, incorporating graphic prints into sexy one and two-piece creations.

Each season designers try to maintain their signature style, while creating designs from inspirations that transcend from recent destinations, different cultures, eras or lifestyles. Here is a brief look at top-pick designers and the story behind their spring collections:

Tracy Reese's collection is Latin American inspired, with a flare of style from Argentina and Buenos Aires mixed in with the dramatic dance of the tango. Tracy uses graphic prints and patterns, shows detailed eyelet embroidery and encompasses, fun, flirty femininity through her frock dresses.

Nicole Miller's inspiration was her trip to Tulum and the Mayan ruins, bringing a Mayan/Aztec feel to her collection, represented by her graphic prints, earth tones and gold and bronze sheen

Michael Kors
celebrates the ballerina-esque shape and grace of a women's body. He presents a seasonless collection of beige and black, with soft-layered looks, rehearsal skirts and side-tie minis. He also pays homage to the '80s with long-lined belted blazers and short sequin dresses.

BCBG Max Azria focuses on the effortless chic woman, youthful in spirit yet sensible in nature. Her presence and beauty is a breath of fresh air. This collection is romantic, feminine, light and airy with a modernistic tone. Details to note are the layered eyelet embroidery and lattice construction. Tinted neutrals and soft pastels bring out the beauty of spring. Dresses also have pockets, drop waists, billowy sleeves and baby doll, free-flowing shapes. The silhouette and gentle ease of the dresses are inviting to any body type and would be a perfect option for the maternity-bound woman.

Max Azria, the higher end collection of BCBG Max Azria, embodies the individual flair of a woman, raw yet refined, subtle yet vibrant. With a direct focus on dresses, jumpers and gowns, the fit is relaxed, comfortable and wearable. This line includes wrinkled linen and satin, printed silk, gauze, ruffle, ribbon and appliqué details.

Reem Acra is inspired by romantic destinations and urban cities. This collection has a very fashion forward look, with a young starlet appeal. The focus is on matte and shines fused together with hand dip-dyed fabrics applied to organzas, georgettes and chiffons. Reem Acra's beautiful draping intensifies the glamour of daywear and eveningwear rolled into one. Color selection includes pecan, platinum and moonstone. Details include pleats in tanks, coats and dresses.

Naeem Khan shares the spirit of Indian culture through the great Princess Nur Jahan, who is known for her beauty and for the essence of the roses that surround her. Naeem's gowns detail exquisite draping and beading. Floral embroidery, lace trims and sterling silver pailette emphasizes sophistication and luxury in his designers.

Sass & Bide's collection "from here to arcadia" stems from the 1920's Eqyptian inspired art deco designs infused with '80s pop culture. Featured colors include metallic gold & silver against black, cream and dusty citron. This Aussie duo introduces the diamond silhouette—dresses & pants that trapeze at the hips and drape elegantly. Worn cinched at the waist or loose & flowing, you'll see racer backs, halter necklines and backless silhouettes spotlighting shoulders & back. The waist & neckline are accentuated by contrast trims & beading. Geometric shapes, bubble hemlines, body suits, leggings, braided tassel belts and fluid fabrics such as silk & rayon, jersey and cotton blends bring this collection together., Inc.

Luca Luca designer Luca Orlandi showcases a youthful, yet modern collection with playful appliqués and flirty-length dresses with a black/white/crème color palette. The dress details include rich embroidery, fine tailoring and a shapely silhouette. Jersey tops and tulle and silk shantung tanks are a must-have, to be worn under the dress or with a skirt.

Diane Von Furstenberg, known for her iconic, signature wrap dress, takes elegance, sophistication and comfort to the next level by adding rolled up sleeves and offering shorter, proportional dresses, shirt dresses and dresses with pockets. Slouchy trousers, corset tops and crochet pieces are also part of the collection. This season, Diane focuses on jungle and nature-inspired prints, abstract florals and solids such as hot pink and black against feminine silhouettes.

Nanette Lepore envisions a Venetian holiday, with her bold embroidery, bright, fun fabrics, leopard and exotic prints as well as dusty blues, mint green, navy and black colors. This collection has a modernized vintage appeal, emphasizing the strong, independent woman, feminine yet sexy, confident and sophisticated.

Anna Sui's dresses and skirts show off a rocker-edge look for the sexy, hip chic. Anna's inspiration comes from music, but also presents a compilation of different cultures. You'll see netting, lace, embroidery and tulle details mixed into red, black and white graphic prints and colors. The collection all in all is fun, alluring and eye catching.

Betsey Johnson turns to the 1930s and 1940s with this energetic, sexy and fun spring collection. She incorporates lingerie details such as ruffles, a lace-up back and light fabrics such as silk. The sundresses and halter dresses are girlie and flirty with black, white and red graphics, florals and dot prints. Pastel colored dresses such as lavender and pink offer a more subdued, demure look.

Cynthia Rowley's inspiration for her spring collection comes from lacquered wicker, with unadorned and intricate color palettes and patterns. This collection showcases a mix of dresses that show signature Cynthia Rowley style—colorful bright floral prints, that are girlie, flirty and fun. Cynthia gets creative with a dress with wicker cuffs, a silk dress with wicker yoke and a top coat with large safety pin fasteners. The leather scooter jacket paired with a flocked dot tulle chemise is a must-have!

Sari Gueron—this Israeli-born designer channels inspiration through early 20th century children's clothing and traditional Asian attire. This collection includes whispy chiffons, neutral tones and bright yellow, eyelet embroidery and Swarovski crystal embroidery.

Cynthia Steffe creates her collection through '60s inspired sensibility. Flirty frocks and sporty separates are fun with a beachy, outdoor feel. Her color palette includes a range of blues with citrus tones—lemon yellow, watermelon and celadon. White keeps the palette fresh, especially when paired with navy, gray and black tones. The silhouettes are effortless, in soft fluid fabrics of cotton gauze and voile, filmy chiffon and jersey and knit.

Joanna Mastroianni celebrates the English Garden, the dramatic play of darkness against light through white and black stripes, prints and solids, and the composition of a flower through a lilac and black floral printed bodice and rich textures of foliage through leaf prints. Joanna presents us with colorful tangerines and greens, and sensual, modern, graceful shapes.

Doo.Ri aligns her signature jersey with draping techniques via a consistent color palette of black, white, gray, vanilla and crème. The collection shows soft and sophisticated draping chiffons, enhancing-shaped halter dresses and pencil skirts and satin crystal embellished belts tailor to the woman's waist.

Temperley London designer Alice Temperley envisions the Nomadic woman, independent, free-spirited and cultural. This collection is a mixture of different cultures, evoking desert tones of the Sahara with mushroom, chocolate grey, blush, blue hues, and cream colors, or reliving an African safari through graphic tribal prints and lion belts. Fluid draping on dresses and gowns, embroidery and pleat details and voluminous layering capture the femininity and serenity of the collection. Metallic linens and soft leathers are encouraging travel pieces for any woman embarking on a journey.

Tamara Pogosian designs for the youthful, sexy woman on the move. Warm colors, and flirty, fluid dresses and gowns reflect luxurious elegance. Tamara's collection is inspired by '40s pre-war and early '70s influences, with a touch of French attitude. The color palette features a mixture of earth tones and bright hues with bold prints. Selected fabrics include matte jersey and silk double-georgette, in a variety of dress styles—halter, corset, strapless, and tube with ruffle, pleat and rouche details.

DDCLAB designers Roberto Crivello and Savania Davies Keiller introduce their collection, "Shiny Pretty Thing". The desire for acceptance, familiarity and ease has pushed the human race to evolve into homogenous pretty things in which a non-reflective existence is enjoyable. Then a reflection period surfaces with brimming thoughts and questions, transitioning from the present into the future. This collection inhabits a futuristic, raw, urban environment. Timeless colors of black and white, as well as indigo and acid green, silver and gold tones reflect a cool edge. A modern, sleek collection is presented through pleated and ruche details, skull designs and ribbon-back dresses. Raw silks, linen and shantung dominate this lustrous line.

Well, darling girls, I feel much better now that I know exactly where my fashion acquisition energies should be focused, as well as the added solace of knowing that I will continue to present an au courant style statement through the seasons!

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