Totally Bow Crazy

January 20, 2007 • Magazine

Totally Bow Crazy

Totally Bow Crazy

Sat, 2007-01-20 14:00

Andra Naylor

Fashion designers must be feeling generous these days because their runways were full of models all wrapped up and tied with a bow, just like a present.

I haven’t seen so many bows since the ‘80s and after that phenomenon faded, fashionistas had a general distaste for the girly embellishment. As in, “no frills, no frou and please no bowsâ€?. When they left us last, bows were pink, satin, oversized and overdone.

But no worries, bows are back with less femininity and more edge. They’re looped, knotted, gathered and strung…but my favorite are chic bows in black, tied smartly around the waist.

1. Carolina Herrera used a dark bow as the finishing touch to a graphic floral print dress. It adds interest and dimension to the look.

2. Donna Karan goes for contrast with a draped halter in ivory, cinched with a black ribbon that makes a deep V look nothing but demure.

3. A bow can be totally chill, as demonstrated by Karen Zambos’ jersey mini dress. Vintage Couture Tie Tank Dress, available at for $198.

4. Luca Luca finishes a champagne-colored brocade coat with a sharp bow that relays designer Luca Orlandi’s signature subtlety.

5. Playful as ever, Moschino uses the iconic form for a fun detail on its punk-meets-elegance frock.

6. Cameron Diaz was all dolled up in Valentino at last week’s Golden Globe Awards – doing the one shoulder and bow thing.

7. Roksanda Ilincic’s quirky collections have become a much-anticipated show during London Fashion Week. Her take on the black bow is charmingly disheveled with its raw edges and off-kilter orientation.

8. A lesson in minimalism. Giambattista Valli goes modern with an intellectual bow over a print dress.

The Spring 2007 shows demonstrated many more interpretations of everyone’s favorite ornamental knot. Next time you’re shopping, look for ‘70s style bows tied at the neck, bows in all colors and those printed right on the dress.


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