May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Rubberized lace, plush fur, slick leather, pony skin printed with a snake motif. These were among the sensuous materials Reed Krakoff used for his Pre-Fall collection. He wisely opted for simple separates, in keeping with his minimalist aesthetic, which allowed the luxe fabrics to have the attention they deserved. There were variations on the split hem skirt, which Krakoff has played with over the past few seasons. He also offered elegant menswear-inspired coats, woven raglan-sleeved tees, and sporty blouson jackets. In an interview about the collection, the designer spoke about uniforms. The offering did have the repetitious quality associated with uniform dressing, but the compelling textures made every piece feel exciting and new. A sophisticated, cosmopolitan women could not do much better than to dress in a uniform of head-to-toe Reed Krakoff.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Asymmetrical / Columnar / Boxy / A-line
Color: Black / Optic white / Camel / Concrete grey / Dove / Auburn / Marigold
Key Items: Split-hem skirts / Woven tees / Strapless dresses / Blouson jackets / Menswear-inspired coats
Materials: Medium-gauge cashmere yarns / Python / Pony skin / Rubberized lace / Slick leather / Perforated leather / Double-face silk crepe / Felted wool
Print + Pattern: Snakeskin motifs / Watercolor swirls / Texture prints
Details + Trim: Leather lapels / Split hems / Piecing / Raglan sleeves / Contrast trim / Zip closures
Accessories + Footwear: Slim shoulder bags / Pointy-toe loafers / Perforated leather ankle boots
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