Runway to Real Way. Dressing In Drape

August 11, 2009 • Runway/Realway


Alia Rajput for Second City Style Magazine

Every woman has had that dream at some point where she is lying on a bed, enveloped in soft folds of velvet, satin or silk and reveling in the feel of luxe fabric on her skin. It seems today more and more designers are taking cues from this secret little fantasy by creating confections that drape, fold, cloak, hang and generally enswathe the body.
Draped styles are seemingly fun for a designer, who allows the garment
to become his playground as he twists and turns fabric to create a
signature look. But wearing draped pieces can be fun for the consumer
as well, as the soft folds hug parts of the body as well as it conceals
others. With inspiration ranging from screen sirens of the 1930s to
Greek mythology, garments that drape and fold methodically combine
time-honored ideas of the female form with the high-style aesthetic of
the future

Channel your inner goddess with a skirt of Romanesque proportion.
Soft folds drape gently from the back of this form-fitting shape
creating a gathered front reminiscent of a light, ethereal wrap (think:
Helen of Troy, not sorority mixers). Styles spotted on the runways at houses like Costello Tagliapietra lapped
at models legs like liquid in swaths of satin, chiffon, and silk
shantung. A suitable style for daywear (and something that could
transition easily to night) would be an above-the-knee version in a
breathable fabric like cotton or jersey. The typically higher waist of
the drape skirt (while blessedly covers the mid section) calls for an
appropriately shorter top so belt it, tuck it in or layer it but don’t
hide the beauty of those fabulous folds!

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