New York Fashion Week Fall ’09. Fits Like A Glove at Carlos Campos

February 15, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09

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Summary: This was Carlos Campos' second collection to include women's fashions so this show was highly anticipated by Second City Style. He did an exploration of uniforms, yet there was nothing boring here. His translations of men's tailoring on the female form certainly fit (tightly) and did indeed flatter the models. The tailoring and fabrics were impeccable, the designs modern yet classic. The first women's look was a black Italian wool coat with strong square shoulders, yet it was so lean and perfectly fitted it could have been a dress. The jackets were fitted in the waist and the pants were very slim with a slight flare over the platform shoes which gave a nice balance to the overall silhouette. Included in the collection were some short-shorts that looked almost like high waisted boy-shorts, or sexy girdles, which only a very few women can actually get away with wearing. (I am not sure who these women are and I am not exactly sure where they will wear them!) Luckily the ruffle blouses shown with the shorts could be worn by many. I know, this was a fashion "show" and Carlos Campos showed me that he can tailor clothing for women…and make it fit like a glove.

Color Palette: Black, white, purple, navy, charcoal, blue/black shadow plaid, green/navy/red plaid, silver metallic

Fabrics & Details: Italian wool, menswear plaids, cotton, silks,leather trims and accents, metallic trims, large white cross detail, exposed zippers, capped sleeves, ruffles

Key Looks: Black Italian wool coat with white collar detail; Striped blouse with ruffle and white collar detail, striped short with leather;  Charcoal stitched suite with purple ruffle shirt and white detail

– Carol Calacci


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