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The Age of Opulence

February 21, 2011

Thanks to that pesky Recession, designers have tended to err on the side of practicality and marketability in the past few years. The level of drama and risk have been noticeably lower, particularly in New York. And while the accessibility has been kind of nice, I’ve still been missing the fantasy of Fashion Weeks of yore. Thankfully, designers are starting to loosen up a little, and opulence is sneaking back onto the runways. Leave it to Oscar de la Renta and Naeem Khan, masters of elegance and glamor, to be at the helm of the trend. Their collections did not stint on luxury. Oscar returned to his mark of excess with the richness of his materials, lavish silhouettes, and extravagant details. The  Eastern-European inspired collection was infused with fox fur, cashmere, lambskin, leather, and silk. While the slim evening dresses were gorgeous, the highlights of the show were surprisingly the coats. Khan sent one red-carpet stunner after another down the catwalk with luxe details like ostrich feathers, sequins, and elaborate beading. Not for the faint of heart, these gowns were show-stoppers.

Oscar de la Renta (I want one of these furry hoods)

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan
Naeem Khan

And that concludes my dump of posts about New York Fashion Week. Now, I can breathe a little until Milan and Paris Fashion Week because, frankly, London Fashion Week bores me.

 

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