While populated by a handful of beautiful and exquisite pieces, I am a bit confused by Conran’s Spring ’08 collection. An admirer of Conran, I was pleased at first glance, as I think that all that shimmers ought to be simple– at he certainly abided by that rule. Indeed, his palette of gild, silvery-gray and deep, earthy mustard hues, dark green and deep sapphire told an interesting spring story (even though black and not brown seemed to be the neutral of choice in NYC).
Highlights include a sculpted metallic-gold colored bustier top connected to a generous, flowing skirt. Also worthy of comment was his retro-style polka dot skirt that seemed fresh and fun. The long V-neck dress with metal belt– stunning. His sapphire garments were also, for the most part, stunning; tailored but still light and and feminine. Rounding out the accolades would be the Roman-inspired smocks with off-the-shoulder necklines.
However, what struck me as odd was way he chose not to make some of his shapes more tailored. His sleeveless silver dress with high neckline and extended hemline looks more like a blob and does nothing to highlight the female body. This would be fine if the fabric story was more interesting, but alas it looked quite a bit like the last two seasons. The first dress is gorgeous but could do without the belt– as it almost looks like it was added at the last minute to include a touch of patent leather.
Perhaps winter will be a more interesting season.– Joanne Molina, Senior EditorSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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