Clean looks and feminine details debut for spring ‘06
By Fareeha Qayoom
January 2006. As we fine tune Tkfr issue 13 for printing, Fall 2006/07 catwalk has just started. I know, I know, first things first, you need to know what spring 2006-07 has in store for you. Well, here is an update. Enjoy!
Olympus Fashion Week—September 9-16, 2005
Olympus Fashion Week has come and gone, but it left audiences anticipating a rebirth of the feminine in fashions for Spring ‘06. Beneath the tents at New York’s Bryant Park, a seemingly endless array of fuller skirts, tailored pants, flattering blouses, longer jackets and generously cut sweaters graced the catwalks. The common denominator of the women’s ready-to-wear shows was feminine fashion with light and easy details, including: contrasting trim, delicate layers, soft ruffles, strategically placed bows and precise but never overdone embellishment.
Up close, the collections also boasted an interesting mix of design philosophies: casual fabrics used to dressy effect; a decided emphasis on modern lines, but with a nod to Edwardian ruffles and trims. There was a pervasive grown-up sensibility in design with a wink of playful touches.
There are fuller silhouettes that flatter any body type and clean ladylike details done in a less obvious way than we’ve seen in years. There’s a definite sense of newness.
This spring’s looks are less fussy, but still detailed. Garments have a distinct drapability, offering great fluidity while delivering a sense of relaxed elegance. You can count on crisp cottons with tightly woven constructions this spring. The color palettes is very tranquil; we’ll see plenty of white, cream, rose, cedarwood, petal and hibiscus.
Nature serves as a true inspiration for the coming season. There’s a very natural feel to fashion. Art is an inspiration, with some bold, yet traditional color combinations, like navy and white and graphic black and white prints. Color is used in very interesting and striking ways.
Inspirations from days gone by also abound. There are so many looks that are evocative of so many different eras. We see the full and well-cut skirt from the 50’s, the fitted sheath dress from the 60’s, and the flouncy skirt from the 70’s. Then again, I also see influences from many earlier decades, like the 30’s and 40’s, particularly in the cut of the garments. Everything has been reinterpreted for a modern look.
What experts count on is a resurgence of the dress as the key fashion staple for women. This coming season, there are countless interpretations including shifts, sleeveless varieties, sheaths, one armed silhouettes and vintage-inspired creations.
Personally, I love what’s being done on the catwalks right now, the best of each era is hot, there is a look to suit every body type. Fashion is now about individuality and luxury. Once you determine your best silhouettes, you can create your own signature style based on your own best looks, and wear it consistently, adapting it each season. It no time at all, you will become the fashion leader of your set. Style is not about following fashion blindly. Its about looking timelessly elegant.
First published in print edition – The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review, issue 13 – 2006.