ny fashion week spring 07 by marilyn kirschner

25 year old San Francisco native Ashleigh Verrier is only in her third season but has already made a name for herself with a youthful couture like approach, painstaking attention to detail, interesting fabrication, and texture mixes. The result is at once sophisticated and grown up, yet charming and fresh. Most importantly, her aesethtic embodies the idea of "understated glamour". The Parson’s graduate is always inspired by "classic icons" such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor, in addition to early American sportswear, and this time is no exception. Though for spring 2007 she was taken with the "cultural nuances of the 1750's with the silhouettes of mod 1960's".

The 32 piece collection, shown at the UPS Hub located within the Bryant Park Tents, (the designer’ is being sponsored by UPS and it's her first time at this location) featured a pleasing and neutral color palette (white, beige, gray, navy, and black spiced with yellow, peach, apricot); sweet blouses, peplums and camisoles; abbreviated shifts; fitted jackets and narrow cardigans worn with intricately seamed and pleated short skirts (her take on the suit); standout coats; skinny pants; all put together in a fresh, unexpected way.

Standouts include the 'Nantucket' red seersucker shrunken jacket worn with a white polka dot chiffon blouse and white cotton short skirt with tiny ruffle trim at the hem; the short slightly tent shaped white tweed coat with oversized collar and ¾ sleeves worn with a white chiffon corset and an ivory faille skirt; the black burlap and patent trimmed short coat worn with a white polka dot chiffon blouse and white polka dot chiffon pull on skirt; the apricot and red chiffon short dress; the fitted navy and white cardigan with delicate sequined trim worn with navy cotton cropped skinny pants; the black metallic bow jacket worn with black burlap shorts.

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