by Barbara Barton Sloane
Go ahead. Buy two bouquets of tulips at Trader Joe’s. Dig out those open-toed stilettos you’ve been dying to wear since January. Fling your snow boots to the back of the closet and break out the Prosecco because …ta dahh… it’s the beginning of Spring!
At Cynthia Rowley’s show, she was searching for a word, the right word to describe her Spring collection. Finally, it came to her: “dreamy!” she gasped. It’s an apt description – a take on the screwball ‘60s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” came to mind, which is to say fun-spirited, zany, a little retro, and just the right amount of outré. Girlish but not girly. “Also lots of embroidery and lots of lace,” said Rowley. Her floor-length number that lightly skimmed the body had just that: lots of lace, and yes, it was, indeed, dreamy.
The collection of Albert Kriemler’s Akris – often informed by art and architecture – was definitely on display. There was a memorable jumpsuit of pure snow white, so streamlined, so classic and crisp that it displayed Kriemler’s artistic skills to perfection.
Has there ever been a more perfect design to say (nay, to scream!) Spring then this delightful, delicious white frock from Oscar de la Renta, elegant in its purity, charm and outright sweetness. Lacy, fresh, and quite capable of going from an afternoon tea party to a candle-lit dinner a deux. The late Mr. de la Renta’s temporary replacement team offered up many of his house Oscar-isms in breezy youthfulness.
It was fitting that Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere's orientation of his bold new line is different, focusing on sophistication and zeroing in on tailoring first and foremost. “I realized that I didn’t explore that much yet the sophistication and the more dressed-up part of Louis Vuitton,” he said. Explore he did with a long, languorous chemise in rich nut-brown with a sense of movement and cut below the calf, its only embellishment an asymmetrical cut-out just below the waist, large enough to gob-smack you, yet small enough to remain demure. The dress was loosely belted with a black leather tie and – that’s all he wrote. It was quite enough to make it the must-have piece right now.
A designer’s collection, no matter the season, must have the perfect LBD and Narciso Rodriguez offered a simple, straight-forward, and picture perfect number. What is new and now however: it’s off the shoulder. Thus, floating into Summer in this dress, one will be very of-the-moment. A good thing, right?
And now we sally forth into the blissful warmth of Spring and that is, no doubt, a very good thing!
Barbara Barton Sloane is a Pelham-based Fashion and Travel Editor/Columnist who writes for a number of both national and international publications. She delights in sharing her global travel and fashion experiences.