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Devi Kroell

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VELVET GOLDMINE
New York: With a career built around lavish python bags, Devi Kroell successfully translated her focus on luxury and texture to her fall collection. A sharply-cut crushed velvet coat opened the show in dramatic fashion, setting the tone what followed. Metallic-infused moiré and watercolor prints conveyed rich textures in lieu of her usual arsenal of exotic skins, fashioned into an enticing array of cocktail frocks, pegged pants and supple draped tops. Rich jewel tones enhanced the opulence, whether arranged in rainbow rows on a chinchilla coat or coloring the glamorous accessories that have made fans out Sienna Miller and the Olsen twins. Kroell’s intention for this collection was to depict the outer layer as a cocoon, and although velvet and fox fur may not be every woman’s idea of a feasible protective coating, fine lace and demi-sheer jersey blouses revealed the vulnerability and practicality that lay beneath the uptown fashionista’s shell.
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