ny fashion week spring 07 by marilyn kirschner


Bryan Bradley named his 33 piece collection (which was styled by his former partner Josh Patner), “American Spectator” and from the very first outfit out (the simple yet distinctive collarless tucked front black organza blouse with gracefully full sleeves, worn with a black patent leather belted white a line skirt that hit just above the knee, and classic high heeled black and white spectator pumps), it was obvious why. So too was the designer’s obvious focus on sophisticated sportswear, the timeless combination of black and white (in both solids and bold prints), smart suits, beautifully crafted jackets, and standout coats (with interest coming from fabrication, superb cut and sleeve treatment). Although, having said that, I also couldn’t help but see more than a bit of 70’s YSL in the coloration, strict mood, and design. And I couldn’t help but think about Elsa Schiaparelli in one black and ivory silk cocktail dress with a surrealistic hand in the front.

Other standouts were the molded short sleeved crinkly black patent belted coat piped in white; the lime green satin belted collarless jacket worn over slim black trousers; a cap sleeved belted black and white abstract floral silk cocktail dress with a modified balloon skirt; a short sleeved cardigan piped in chartreuse worn over a brown and chartreuse floral printed silk dress; the belted red and ivory geometric patterned silk coatdress with a pagoda shoulder; a flesh toned long slim gown that seemed to be made of organza petals; and a ‘3d’ knee length belted cocktail dress covered in black ‘fish scales’ piped in chartreuse.

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