New York Fashion Week Fall 09. Out of Africa, Fashion.

February 14, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09






Summary: It might not have been the low-cut, black, hooded mini dress she was wearing that brought the crowd to its feet, but when Grace Jones strutted down the runway to close XULY.Bet's portion of the Arise African Fashion Collective show, arise we did. The first of four African designers to present, XULY Bet's collection began with the devilish Miss Jones appearing in digital format on  screen, and ended with her physical form on the runway. In between, models strutted flannel, menswear-inspired looks and oversized, furry coats and turtlenecks. The designer also payed homage to Obama with a floor-length t-shirt dress bearing his image.

With a sharp feminine contrast and more literal African bent, Tiffany Amber (no, not Thiessen) introduced silk slip dresses with intricate bead work and rich jewel tones.

Similarly feminine with luscious colors, Stoned Cherrie's billowy tops and ruffles were interspersed with slim, tailored pants and high-waistlines, bringing back a bold new version of the 1970's girl-about-the-office.

Finally, Momo's tight collection of silk jersey sheath dresses felt vastly more glamorous when paired with the well-tailored jacket. Animal prints were wearable in tonal grays with easy, if not riveting, silhouettes.

Color Palette: XULY Bet: "gray, red, blue, brown, black; Tiffany Amber: lime green, violet, royal blue; Stoned Cherrie: fuchsia, orange, chartreuse, tan, brown; Momo: gray, gold, burgundy, black, animal prints

Fabrics & Textures: XULY Bet: flannel, fur; Tiffany Amber: silk, beading; Stoned Cherrie: wool, leather, silk, chiffon; Momo: silk jersey, taggeta, cashmere

Key Looks: XULY Bet: "Red"-slim red pants and long fitted blazer; Tiffany Amber: silk chiffon patchwork gown with hand beaded corset; apple green dress patterned with wooden beads; Stoned Cherrie: ruffled silk-satin shirt and pleated wool pencil skirt; orange chiffon dress; Momo: gold stained stretch silk jersey sheath dress with ruched side detailing

– Becky Ellis

Photos: WWD

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