Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Still a relative newcomer to ready-to-wear, Reed Krakoff has consistently presented sophisticated collections based around the idea of minimalism. His particular iteration of the style, which he calls “warm minimalism”, feels softer and more relaxed than other designers who are also lumped into the minimalist category. For Cruise/Resort, Krakoff offered clean-lined, sophisticated separates with subtle details that made them unique and desirable. The first look was a simple, tan slip dress with a tuck at the hip that hitched up the hemline on one side, giving it a bit of movement. The asymmetrical slits for skirts and dress returned, but the most notable design detail this season were the rectangular paillettes that decorated a standout dress, as well as a simple sweatshirt. Krakoff also used color to great effect. His pumpkin orange and cerulean blue breathed life into the looks. Exotic skins and buttery leathers bumped up the luxury quotient. Having just won the CFDA award for accessories, Krakoff’s current offerings predictably did not disappoint. The chrome-trimmed frame bags with chunky chains gave looks just the right amount of edginess. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Columnar / A-line / Slouchy / Asymmetric
Color: Tan / Sand / Khaki / Blush / Pumpkin / Cerulean / Pale blue / Black
Key Items: Slip dresses / Slit skirts / Sleeveless snakeskin trench
Materials: Chiffon / Lightweight wool suitings / CDC / Organza / Satin / Fine-gauge yarns / Leather / Exotic skins
Print + Pattern: Variegated stripes / Color blocking
Details + Trim: Diagonal slits / Gathering / Layering / Fringe embellishments / Asymmetric hemlines / Paillettes
Accessories + Footwear: Studded bangles / Chain strap frame bags / Slouchy shoulder bags / Fabric and leather cap-toe ankle boots
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