Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine
The L word on Wall Street may be “Losses”, but the word on the streets of the world’s fashion capitals – New York, Paris, London, and Milan – is “Luxury”.
Fashion may often be dismissed as frivolous but the truth behind the
business of fashion is that collections are six months in the making
and what we saw recently on European runways for Spring 2009 is a
reflection of that period in time – and not of recent events. The effects of the collapse of global financial markets will not be seen on the fashion runways until next season. For now, let’s enjoy the escapism of fashion and take a look at some of my favorite L words from the past month in fashion.
L is for Luca Luca. Luca Orlandi was well known in fashion circles for his luxurious and pretty designs for New York’s Ladies who Lunch, like front row regular Ivana Trump. For his first collection for the luxury label, the
new Creative Director, Raul Melgoza, sent out a clean, pared down
collection of designs in a simple color palette of white, grey, and
silver that clearly reflects his background in architecture. Gone
are the trims, buttons, prints and petticoats of yesteryear at the
newly repositioned label. Here now are ultraluxurious fabrics and
structured silhouettes. The new Luca Luca woman is headstrong,
confident, and not afraid to show some skin – be it leg or shoulder. I
have no doubt that women everywhere will take well to the new modern American sportswear direction at Luca Luca.
From my double front row (inside a U-shaped runway) seat, I truly felt
like I was witnessing the dawning of a new era. The entire collection
is reminiscent of Francisco Costa’s early collections for Calvin Klein,
with a little of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s futuristic viewpoint for
Balenciaga thrown in. The future looks bright for Luca Luca.
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