Wednesday, February 16, 2011
New York Fashion Week
Layering is mostly just how we dress, a way to extend what's in our closets and, bonus, stay warm and dry.
Next fall, it may be more about how we feel.
Sequins on sheers have surfaced OVER wool and New York Fashion Week runways are filled with mashups of soft bulk, rich colour, vibrant prints and a variety of textures done in fresh ways.
Eclectic layers were on Rachel Roy's mind, on her catwalk and off.
"When it's freezing outside, I ask, 'What can I put on?' ... I want the knit coats with prints on them that I can layer with cardigans, print dresses with tights, socks and bootie heels,'" she told The Associated Press.
The goal? "I'm trying to show a woman for fall-winter to work with different pieces that I'm suggesting or what's already in her closet," Roy said.
On Tuesday, the sixth day of previews, Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy sent coats down the runway with strategic cutouts that allow for more than a passing glimpse of what's underneath.
The most delicate layers were at Sophie Theallet, a thin cardigan worn over a sheer on top of a metallic corset cocktail dress.
Layering is practical. It's versatile. Building it in rather than piling it on can draw attention to every piece.