New York Fashion Week Spring ’09: Primal Evening at Willow

September 12, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Spring '09

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Summary: The Willow Spring/Summer ’09 collection presentation was all about evening, glamour, and primal influences inspired by the French dance troupe known as the Ballet Russes. There were high-glam dresses (both long & short) and evening jumpsuit looks (yup, there they are again) that made me want to go out on the town (and wish that Studio 54 was still around…). A palette of off-white, gold, black, chocolate-and-cream zebra print, white, and orange played beautifully off one another, while fabrics like silk, chiffon, and silk jersey created gorgeously draped, flowing frocks. At first glance, I noticed a floor-length dress that really set the tone for the whole collection.  In a subtle, abstract nature-inspired print in flowing chiffon with sparkling beads at the waist, it was surrounded by two zebra-print looks…one long dress with exaggerated and unusual sleeves, and one jumpsuit topped with a sweeping black coat. There were also incredible looks in black with tone-on-tone beading in intricate swirls (definitely not a simple black dress in sight!) and a stunning off-white Grecian number with gold sequined straps encasing the model’s collarbone.  None of the pieces Willow gave us were for the faint of heart, and even an orange coat that at first look seemed to be as casual as the rest of the ensemble (a perfectly slouchy white jersey top and dark taupe silk jersey draped pants), revealed itself up close to have stripes of glittering orange sequins. This was the first time I had seen a Willow show. Now I can’t wait for the next one. Oh, and someplace to wear one of those dresses…

– Alison Stewart

Photos: Second City Style


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