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Reed Krakoff

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BONNIE BELLE

New York: Reed Krakoff’s signature label is just under a year old, and the designer seems to be hitting his stride with his Pre-Fall collection. While S/S 11 felt a bit tricky with its futuristic lacquered looks, Krakoff seemed more at home with the current season’s mid-century attitude. As creative director for Coach, the designer is certainly familiar with the work of Bonnie Cashin, and her influence was evident in this season’s collarless coats – one standout version made from ombré brushed wool – and simple, boxy silhouettes. Wrapped skirts were a key item, appearing in flashy gold python, as well as subdued grey suede, and the construction was also used to update color-blocked shift dresses. Pants were extra-wide, and when paired with a slim, cropped matching jacket, made for a fresh take on the pantsuit. Krakoff declared that his interior designer wife, Delphine, was the model customer for the current collection, and one could picture a sophisticated, creative woman looking ultra-chic in the looks.

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