Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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A CUT ABOVE
New York: Following last season’s career-highlight-worthy reviews, Narciso Rodriguez clearly decided to stick with a good thing for F/W 13. That good thing being a streamlined silhouette, sharply cut and spliced; clean black and white piqued with rich, punchy hues, and an aura of cool, confident sex appeal. Rodriguez’s modern take on minimalism steers his brand of luxury ever closer to the Calvin Klein and Céline camp. Sheath dresses, shell tops and knife-pleat pants get a clever kick from subtle asymmetric details, origami folds, handkerchief inserts and color-block panels. Strong, lean and sophisticated, the collection was energetic and optimistic, perfectly suited to show off the glamorous guns and statuesque beauty of unofficial brand ambassadors like Julianna Margulies and Michelle Obama. — Natalie Shukur
Silhouette: Minimalist / Molded / Sharp / Geometric / Streamlined / Asymmetric
Color: Black / White / Amber / Rust / Sunrise orange / Marigold / Brick / Russet / Fuchsia / Sienna / Deep magenta / Espresso / Teal / Emerald / Ivory
Key Items: Bandage dresses / Folded-waist pants / Straight, knife-pleat pants / Sheath dresses / Tube tops / Slip dresses / Clutch coats / Cutaway coats and jackets / Shell tops / Bias cut dresses / Sleeveless coat dresses / Vests / Collarless coats and jackets
Materials: Silk / Wool / Wool crepe / Brocade / Fur / Jersey
Print + Pattern: Color blocks / Graphic crisscross lines / 3-D geometric shapes
Details + Trim: Folded waistlines / Spaghetti straps / Fan pleats / Accordion pleats / Handkerchief hems / Trailing hems / Paillette embroidery / Molded shoulders / Fur trim / Unfinished, shaggy lace applique
Accessories + Footwear: High-vamp pointed leather pumps in solid and two-tone colors, with and without ankle straps / Slim rectangle clutches / Leather bowling bags
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