1980s power dressing shows up at NY Fashion Week

Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:11pm EST
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By Chelsea Emery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seeking to clothe working women, designers at New York's Fashion Week looked to 1980s-style power dressing and brought out broad-shouldered jackets, high-necked blouses and careful pleats.

Gone are frilly frocks and girly high-waists and in their place are business-like designs that give professional women plenty of wearable choices.

"It's all about looking polished today," said women's sportswear designer Alvin Valley who along with hundreds of fashion designers showed his fall 2009 collection this week in New York.

The semi-annual Fashion Week ends on Friday.

Valley showed tie-necked blouses, while Tucker and Tadashi Shoji used forgiving fabrics and sensible hemlines.

"There's a longevity to buying a classic piece," said Gaby Basora, founder of the Tucker line of patterned silk blouses sold at Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus.

Basora has narrowed the cut of her blouses and said she brought out such looks as a knee-length wool Jacquard pencil skirt and matching wrap sweater to appeal to career women.

"I introduced knits to have something heavier and comfortable," she said. "The pieces on my line don't have to be worn in a certain way to look good."   Continued...

<p>A model presents a creation from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 16, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>