New York Fashion Week Fall 09. Erin Fetherston’s Fantasy Playland

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

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Call it dollhouse chic: the models marching down the runway in Erin Fetherston's show evoked a more fashionable Nutcracker, dolls and soldiers sprung to life in a stunning fantasy sequence. Luscious silks—woven into jacquard and tulle—along with chiffon and satin made for a dreamlike procession, and exaggerated silhouettes were playful, pretty, escapist. The cranberry used in the opening sequence was striking, and the lavender and magnolia print were beautiful, if more typically aligned with a spring collection. Details abounded, with dots and crystal encrusted bows, along with fantastic, two-toned tights that mixed black and white or sheer and opaque textures. While some of the clothes might need re-imagining in order to go from catwalk to sidewalk, her imaginative take is a refreshing addition to a season filled with so much emphasis on the recession, sheer joyfulness that reminds us of what fashion should be: Art.

Color Palette: white, ivory, lavender, cranberry, black

Textures & Details:
silk, satin, ruffles, tweed, jacquard, chiffon, polka dots, wool, crystal embellishments

Key Looks:
double breasted marching jacket in cranberry silk-fil jacquard over black satin faced mousseline mini ruffle blouse with cranberry silk-fil jacquard marching pant and jewel twee bow belt; double breasted cape in black wool drill with black lambskin piping, queen doll gown in ivory silk tulle and petite paillette chiffon; cocktail dress in magnolia blossom print glazed silk twill

– Becky Ellis


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