New York Fashion Week Spring ’10. Walter: Charmed, I’m Sure

September 15, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Spring '10

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Summary: A caveat: I have a soft spot for Walter. His was the first show I ever saw, and I can't help but look at his collections through rose-colored lens. So, in spite of one or two wildly questionable decisions–puff sleeves? drop crotch shorts?–I was completely charmed by his show. Again.

There are certain places where he consistently shines and this collection was no different. He always has a playful takes on the latest (rather, upcoming) trends (I loved his cropped leather moto jackets and vests, well-proportioned to avoid a burly biker look, and bubble skirts that got a twist in crinkled foil and lurex). Luxurious-looking solids are well-balanced with patterns (favorites were a multicolor ombre fabric and a watercolor flower print), and fabric textures like sandwashed silk compliment, rather than dominate his clothes. Glossing over the fact that the man has some kind of codependent, self-destructive relationship with jumpsuits, Walter produces looks that are flirty and feminine without being sickly sweet. To top it off, his models came out for their final walk smiling and blowing wands of soap bubbles… capturing the essence of his clothes and winning my heart even a little bit more.

Color Palette: Cream, champagne, lemon, toffee, rust, purple, multicolor neon Glow print, graphite, multicolor ombre, black,

Fabrics & Textures: Sandwashed silk, linen, hammered satin, distressed leather, crinkled silk, crinkled foil, mesh

Key Looks: Mulitcolor ombre backless dress; Electric purple draped dress; Washed leather vest

– Becky Ellis

Photos: WWD

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