Gowns, gossamer to glittery, rule runway at Fashion Week

Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:15pm EDT
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By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Breathtaking gowns reigned at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday.

From the gossamer sheaths of Badgley Mischka to the jewel-encrusted drapes of Jenny Packham, designers dazzled the runways with elegance and glamor in classic lines fit for a princess.

Dripping with Swarovski crystals, the body-hugging designs in Packham's Spring 2013 collection were inspired by the movie molls who ran with the Las Vegas Rat Pack in the 1960s, the designer said.

They radiated self-confidence with bold patterns of checkerboard or splattered polka dots and luscious solids in butter or mimosa hues.

Not a single one lacked sparkle -- each entirely awash in glitter or showing a spoonful of sugar at the cuff or collar.

While Packham said "broads" like Lauren Bacall and Angie Dickinson were her muse, the designer, a favorite of Kate Middleton, showed elegant, regal creations.

"They exuded a spunky, bold femininity. They didn't chase the pack, they ran with it," the British designer said in a statement released from the runway at the semi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Designer Marc Jacobs took his own trip back to the 1960s with his British Mod-influenced women's collection leaning heavily on bold geometric prints. The first looks featured thick black-and-white vertical stripes on A-line coats and dresses, while in later looks, the stripes became more colorful, or became thicker, or began looping around in eye-crossing Op-Art whorls.   Continued...

Photographers take pictures of a model prior to the presentation of the Diesel Black Gold Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford