Finding the Fashions After the Shows

Finding the Fashions After the Shows

Photo: Temperley

Neighborhood: SoHo
Type of Place: Designers

As the Spring 2007 collections hit Milan, New York's fashion world is
busy processing what the shows here revealed. One prevailing trend
appears to be clean, well-tailored neutrals in "floaty" fabrics: cream
silks, pale gold satins, light cottons in shades of tan and beige.

Design icon Vivienne Tam offered a particularly beautiful take on this
theme, as did two white-hot relative newcomers: Doo.Ri Chung, with her
Doo.Ri line, and London's Alice Temperley.

Temperley is a celebrity favorite; J. Lo's stylist reportedly bought an
entire season's line for Jenny from the Block, and model Helena
Christensen became the designer's customer and friend after walking in one of
her shows. The Temperley show's theme was "Nomad," and indeed the
models looked like sophisticated world travelers, ready to take in the
sights and look completely polished doing so--the kind of visitors who speak
the native language with ease and have little need for maps. Many of
the smartly designed outfits promised to heighten spring plans for New
York women. Available at Saks, Neiman Marcus, and the artist's studio
(453 Broome St.). But note: The studio is open for exploration by
appointment only: 212-966-2398.

Fans of soft-spoken, award-winning Doo.Ri Chung (charmingly featured in
the Tribeca Film Festival's hit documentary "Seamless") were not in any
way disappointed by her latest show, which featured the ingenious
details of structure and accent for which she's known. Her work has the feel
of a classic, though the young designer started out on her own (having
worked before then for mentor Geoffrey Beene) only a few years ago.
Success-wise, she's come a long way from the years when she was toiling
alone in her parents' New Jersey basement, hoping to launch her own line.
But one wonderful thing about this designer is the sense that in
personal attitude, she'll never leave those exceptionally down-to-earth
Jersey days too far behind. Available at Neiman Marcus.

Tam called her show "Jade," for good luck--and the collection's pretty
party dresses seemed like little pieces of good fortune themselves.
Her neutrals were lovely and highly wearable; afterward, show attendees
chatted admiringly about how versatile they seemed. The collection
showed why Tam's career has spanned more than two decades so far: Creative,
quality pieces that flatter the wearer will and should find
enthusiastic takers. Available at Saks, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Lord and
Taylor, Macy's, and Tam's own shop (99 Greene St.; 212-966-2398).

The Spring 2007 lines won't be available in stores just yet, but look
forward to seeing them poke through the cold in mid-winter; when they
do, you'll know that sunny days and warm nights are close behind.   - Pamela Grossman; Oct 4, 2006

Finding the Fashions After the Shows
453 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-2398