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PARIS Spring 2004

Narcisso is one of 7th avenue's most consistent designers- his vision for Spring/Summer was not an abrupt 'about face' from Fall/Winter, but rather, a continuation- an evolution- of his architectural, clean, graphic oeuvre. How refreshing!

Though he cited Brazil as inspiration (everything about Brazil- the music, the people, the Carnivale)- that doesn't translate into gaudy, titillating, frou frou for Narcisso. Instead, he refined his signature slim silhouette- there were the sculpted suits, narrow corseted dresses, the cut out bodices, lingerie strapped backs, molded jackets (some with seductive peplums), lean pants (some of which were cropped). His fabrics of choice were natural textured linen, washed silk, and crisp cotton rendered in pared down colors like black, white, nude, rose, orchid, and silver. And for his evening finale, instead of using the predictable satin or chiffon, his graceful, floor length numbers were fashioned from parachute silk.

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