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Fashion Week: Fall 2002


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Spring Runway Report

 Shopping & Style
 
Often, the best style in New York is not seen on runways but on sidewalks. Who hasn't spotted someone buying grapes at the Greenmarket in the most perfect pair of pants or delicious summer dress, and been too shy to ask: "Where did you get that?" These ten stylish but often below-the-radar lines are the resources for many of the city's greatest dressers.
 
BY AMY LAROCCA
 

Catherine Malandrino
Catherine Malandrino specializes in combining, as she puts it, "the best elements of street and chic": She knows the power of a sweater pulled off a shoulder, or a newsboy cap tilted at just the right angle. This season, seek out the tops. "I thought about the blouse," she explains, "the perfect blouse, and then I just twisted and twisted and twisted." Sometimes that meant ruffles, sometimes that meant wrapped waistlines. Also, Malandrino, who used to design for Diane von Furstenberg, is always an excellent resource for printed dresses, which, with a pair of flip-flops, epitomize New York summer cool.
(Catherine Malandrino blouse, $310, and pants, $280. Both from a selection at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Banana Republic belt, $32 at Banana Republic stores. Barbara Bui shoes, $345 at Barbara Bui.)


Catherine Malandrino, 468 Broome St., 212-925-6765
Also available at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and Saks

Spring 2002 Runway Shots

 

 

D&G
Dolce & Gabbana always plays to our most sexy, rock-and-roll instincts, and in the D&G line, it caters to them with trim hip-huggers, slouchy denim, and plenty of irony (certified sex instructor declares one hooded sweatshirt). If the more grown-up collection brings to mind Madonna, then think of D&G as where to go when you feel like channeling Britney Spears. The spring collection is all urban sass and Flashdance: tiered tulle skirts and knickers, as if a girl had taken her ballet-class uniform and tarted it up. D&G also won our hearts with its naughty take on I LOVE NY T-shirts, and — how can we resist? — a print that incorporates the cover of this magazine.

D&G, 434 W. Broadway, 212-965-8000
Also available at Bloomingdale's and Saks

 

 

Eley Kishimoto
Seek out Eley Kishimoto to embolden your wardrobe: The prints devised by this London-based husband-and-wife team combine the strongest graphic elements of Marimekko with the Day-Glo, Palm Beach flamboyance of good Lilly Pulitzer. The combined effect manages to always look original, and is the ideal way to avoid blending into a sea of black outfits. Eley Kishimoto applies its prints to everything from shoes to wallpaper to perfectly cut tank tops — in the highest of compliments, even Louis Vuitton and APC have used them. This spring's prints are both floral and nautical (sailboats, thick ropes). The best pieces are miniskirts, striped shirts, and belted shirtdresses.

• Available at Barneys, Henri Bendel, and Kirna Zabête

 

Jill Stuart
Jill Stuart understands the dynamic of casual urban dressing, how to be cool and sharp without sacrificing the cute and feminine. This season, Stuart works wonders with her smart interpretation of the ubiquitous patchwork trend: applying it to A-line skirts, peasant blouses, and sundresses, with just enough discipline to stay safely out of Holly Hobby territory. Jeans lovers will also gobble up her denim because the fades look so real, and the vintage embellishments (heart-shaped pockets, the occasional leather piping) are spot-on.

Jill Stuart, 100 Greene St., 212-343-2300
Also available at Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel, and Saks


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