At New York Fashion Week, playful lines for confident women

Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:28pm EDT
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By Elizabeth Barber

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Like girls, women of all ages just want to have fun, say designers at New York Fashion Week, where many of the lines for the coming spring season combine a youthful playfulness with a sense of confidence that is unmistakably grown-up.

In a detour from years past, the looks featured at the bi-annual industry showcase, now under way in New York, reveal a sexiness in their simplicity and idiosyncratic sense of style, rather than in emphasizing clingy and short.

“This woman is having fun,” said designer Dennis Basso in describing the customer he had in mind for an eponymous collection that is big on bright details.

Basso's show included oversized floral prints on a sleek matching short-and-top set and a dress with a slice of pink and green fur that bounced on a model’s shoulder.

“The collection is powerful, and it’s built for a strong woman,” he said, citing women in cities from Havana to Buenos Aries as his influences. “She can wear a high neck and be very sexy.”

Max Azria of BCBG Max Azria also had a devil-may-care woman in mind when he designed a sunny collection that he described as “for a woman of any age.”

“She should feel very cool in the clothes,” said Azria. 

The BCBG Max Azria models, all in patchwork bucket hats, wore West Coast-inspired layered looks that suggested a teenager who has rifled through her flower-child mother’s closet and emerged with a style all her own.    Continued...

Models present creations from the BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week in New York, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly