Tips from this year's Fashion Week
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    White tents and impossibly tall and thin girls were littered throughout New York City last week for the spring 2007 runway shows. Sadly, the closest I got to all of this was perusing the photos on style.com during my International Law lecture.

    Here are some of my thoughts on a few of the new collections…

    Diane von Furstenberg

    This is von Furstenberg’s first collection as the new president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Von Furstenberg is known for her iconic wrap dresses that made her a recognizable name in the fashion industry. Now she is a fashion veteran and her wrap dresses have developed a new style of their own.

    This year’s show featured a line of dresses, most hitting right above the knee, ranging from casual day looks to fun party dresses to variations on the classic wrap. Many of the dresses featured matching jackets as well.

    My favorites include a loose fitting magenta dress accessorized with a bold black and white polka dot coat. Von Furstenberg used the same fabric from the polka dot coat for another dress as well. In general, the collection seemed fun and easy to wear.

    Isaac Mizrahi

    I was surprised that I didn’t like Mizrahi’s show as much as I’ve liked his designs in the past. The designer said he was inspired by “springtime,” which was a nice idea but the looks in this year’s show reminded me of Barbie doll outfits.

    Since I like dressing my age, I wasn’t a fan of the floor length dresses or the peasant-like skirts that hit the leg around mid-calf length. The piece I liked the least was a floor-length strapless white dress with pastel colored flowers that looked like something a little girl would wear to a pretend tea party- not realistic for your average woman.

    Monique Lhuillier

    I absolutely LOVED this collection. It featured bright metallics and a futuristic look that was sharp without being overwhelming. The line displayed both short and long dresses that are perfect for young women without being flashy or tacky. Most of the dresses were belted at the waist with a slim decorative belt and the metallic fabric of the dresses looked fantastic paired with opaque black tights.

    Doo.Ri

    Doo-Ri Chung had high expectations to fulfill as the winner of both the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund grand prize. I liked the Doo.Ri line despite the fact that I looked at it more critically because of all the attention it has been given.

    Most of Doo-Ri’s pieces used a lot of fabric, layering it and folding it to create volume and interesting lines and shapes in the final product. The dresses were short, which seems to be in this season, but they weren’t skimpy. Folds of fabric were bunched and layered which complemented the short lengths.

    These collections are just a very small sampling of all the designers that showed throughout the week. However, I did notice that there were a few common elements running through several collections:

  • Purple popped up everywhere.
  • Coats were boxy and voluminous.
  • Opaque black tights were still in.
  • Many dresses and skirts now had hem lines just above knee-length.
  • Pants were slim cut, perhaps to balance out the volume of fabric used on coats and some dresses.
  • Doesn’t that put you in the mood to go shopping?

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