Designers unveil last century looks

Sept. 10, 2006 at 11:02 AM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Designers reached to the 20th century to inspire them for this season's fashions being unveiled during New York's Fashion Week.

Karen Walker, moving her show from London to New York for the first time, paid homage to grunge, teen pop and rave with cotton net sweaters, oxfords with anklets and bold pink and green nylon parkas, the New York Post said Sunday.

Other designers looked to popular teen television shows such as MTV's "Laguna Beach" for inspiration. Lacoste, for example, unveiled preppy sportswear marked by clean lines and a tasteful dash of cheeriness, the Post said.

One design house, Ruffian, looked to architects as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry for its collection that was restrained, elegant and whimsical.

Alexandre Herchcovitch presented military-inspired jackets and pleated skirts paired with knee-length dresses and jumpsuits that combined a mix of colors with black and white, the Post said.

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