Y2K Fashion Collections
If the fashion designers who created the Spring 2000 collections are
right, American women will greet the first warm months of
the new millennium dressed in a hodgepodge of sheer
fabrics, feminine froufrou, edgy street wear, 80s redux
details, and souped-up sportswear. Even people whose
usual response to runway looks is an incredulous,
"Who'd wear that?" will brighten up a bit. Here
are samples of the new Spring lines from some of the most
popular designers. Add some good sense, and a few
wardrobe secrets and you'll be "prete a
porter"...ready to wear!
Ralph Lauren - Lose the fringe, and you've got
a classic American look that's been in style since the
early years of the 20th century: white resort trousers, a
striped sailor polo, and a shrunken jean jacket in
Valentino - Despite a fairly
response, designers are still in love with transparency.
If you're bold enough you can copy Valentino's bra under
sheer fabric, but it's more likely you'll prefer a nice
slip or tank under your see-throughs. The floral print
skirt livens up black.
Saint Laurent - This interpretation of a classic Saint Laurent chemise
dress is a figure-flattering evening alternative to
too-tight sheaths, strapless tops that slide down your
chest, sleeveless garments that make you feel embarrassed
about your arms, and other dressy disasters. This dress
proves it's not impossible to be alluring yet covered up.
Gucci - Everything about
this picture shrieks
"modern woman," from the messy Hollywood hair
to the leather low-necked top, the mesh shirt and the
short shoulder bag. These proportions, in any solid dark
hue, worn with high heels, works. Make sure that the
skirt just grazes the top of the knee (too short is
dated) and make sure either the top or the bottom is
leather, but not the whole outfit.
Donna Karan - The glamour of this gown depends on two
things the glowing silver fabric and sexy open
back. It's easy to borrow both concepts: Shiny fabrics
are everywhere, and as for the nudity, just make sure
you're completely comfortable with whatever you're
Susan Lazar - This is an
extremely easy, fun look to create for yourself, with a
pretty beaded or embroidered skirt (keep an eye out for
ones imported from India) and a plain cotton pull-over.
Looking for the perfect footwear for romantic summer
patio parties? According to Lazar, barefoot is best.
Vuitton - Marc Jacob's designs for Louis Vuitton
have revolutionized the image of this company,
transforming an old line into a seriously hot label. Here
he reprises the 80's with a slit T-shirt. Pick up a
logo-T and a pair of scissors, add the stretch pants and
shiny patent bag and you're off.
Celine - In addition to creating his
signature line, Michael Kors designs for the rejuvenated
house of Celine. Here Kors mixes American sportswear with
French chic, showing belly-baring trousers with a stylish
wrapped top. If you're in shape, this is the season to
flaunt that midriff. Consider following Kors' lead and
swapping your shrunken T for a more interesting top.
Ahead: Fall-Winter 2000/2001 Collections
Donna Karan's collection paid tribute to
Hitchcock's heroines. "Vertigo"- coifed models
wore short, fitted jackets; pencil trousers; flared
knee-length skirts and turtleneck bodysuits. Grace Kelly
would have felt perfectly attired striding down the train
platform carrying one of Donna's leather and cashmere
totes, and wearing her sleek, belted wool coat. Fluid
evening dresses are a Donna trademark, and this season
she came up with some Oscar winners, something Alfred
himself would have appreciated. There were sheer,
crushed-pleat gowns, sparkly sequin halter dresses and
long velvet columns with draped waists. Karan fall
colors: black, red, eggplant and cinnamon.
Diane von Furstenberg's quadri-themed
installation show (shadow, forest, stone and jewel)
progressed from draped-neck dresses with starburst and
kaleidoscopic botanical prints to jumpsuits and A-line
skirts in patterns that mimicked tree bark or fur. Von
Furstenberg earned her fashion credentials in the '70s by
inventing the wrap dress, but they were surprisingly few
in number; instead, there were slinky silk knits glinting
with crystals, shirred satin skirts, and beaded mohair
sweaters. Sometimes the cut was off (jewel-colored satin
trousers had the fit of flea-market finds) but dresses
have always been von Furstenberg's strong point.
As always, Calvin Klein is sensitive to
what's in the air, and his Fall 2000 collection was
pretty much a round-up of the best of New York's fashion
week. Kleins versions were impeccably balanced
between uptown elegance and downtown trendiness. Pants
were slender and slightly high-waisted, most of them
cropped mid-calf and paired with narrow jackets. Skirts
came down to the knee with inverted pleats to add volume.
Asymmetrical seams across tops and dresses made
Kleins signature simplicity interesting. The heavy
emphasis on leather added a slightly aggressive edge, and
there was a touch of rock n' roll in the shiny
satin suits and sparkling silver coats.