Summary: My friend Annette and I have bonded over our shared love of Narciso Rodriguez. So by the time the fourth look came down the runway she whispered in my ear "I have goosebumps" and so did I. It's no secret that Narciso is one of my favorite designers. Someone recently said to me they thought he was predictable. I said "no, he has a consistent point of view." Give a woman what she wants…clean lines, architectural beauty and a knock-out fit will win every time. For his Spring 2011 collection it was apparent Narciso was retrospective. The collection was reminiscent of the nineties, back when he became a household name after famously designing Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's wedding gown. In fact the last gown looked eerily familiar, yet updated. No wonder we had goosebumps.
Narciso was true to his aesthetic. The looks were clean, simple, minimalist and unlike his peers, he actually showed very little in tones of ivory for spring. I didn't realize how much I missed seeing some black on the runway this season until last night. The layering of fabrics, bias cut flowing silk dresses and gowns and the collarless jackets and coats with fluid lapels were simply breathtaking. What this collection proved is that his clothes are very wearable, easy, fresh and timeless. If you were an early fan of Narciso back in the nineties, you could easily pull your saved purchases of the closet again for spring. Or if you missed the boat the frist time, you have another shot to add the stark beautiful styles he is known for to your wardrobe now.
Again, I was so sad when the show was over, but this time I had company with which to commiserate. When she walked out Annette looked at me and said, "I can die happy now." Amen.
Color Palette: white, nude, blush, coral, rose gold, pale green, ash, coal, platinum, black
Fabrics & Textures: linen canvas, silk, silk crepe, silk cloque, silk fil, chiffon cloque, chiffon jacquard, waxed linen, compact wool, embroidery
Key Looks: blush silk and ash bias linen canvas dress; white waxed linen pant suit with a white bias chiffon jaquard shirt; coal waxed linen jacket and black compact wool pant with a black silk fil coupe & silk cloque tank; pale pink bias petal silk dress; black/silver bias fil coupe dress; pale green bias silk/black chiffon cloque and washed kimon silk dress; blush bias silk gown a la Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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