ny fashion week spring 07 by marilyn kirschner

Bill Blass

Michael Vollbrachtís 48 piece collection was the most well edited and pared down thus far and itís clear the former illustrator is becoming more comfortable in his role as head of design for Bill Blass. He knows who is customer is and what her seasonal needs are (for both day and evening) and is addressing them.

While the emphasis was on dresses (for day and night), in embroidered cotton, brocade, matte jersey, organza, embroidered chiffon, and tulle, Michael also proposed short skirt suits (one was in sand matte jersey and another in khaki cotton twill with trench back), tailored pantsuits, coat and dress ensembles (such as the khaki cotton trench worn over an embroidered grosgrain ribbon dress, or the black and white polka dot silk faille clutch coat with matching skirt and matte jersey top). The welcome combination of a blouse and skirt never loses its appeal, especially when the blouse is white silk organza with puff sleeves, worn with a short black cotton eyelash tulip skirt. But itís the highly detailed, long dramatic evening gowns (very often with dramatic trains) that are always the crowd pleasers- like the lacquer red organza confetti square embroidered gown with corset top, the nude butterfly embroidered chiffon gown, or the finale- a confection of a wedding gown which featured a white embroidered lace and organza apron over white fille-coupe. By the way, Michael just launched his new shoe collection, and his witty illustration (inside the show program) served as a reminder of how talented the designer is and that beneath it all- he is an artist at heart.

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