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Narciso Rodriguez hangs loose

A model walks the runway at the Narciso

A model walks the runway at the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2011 show at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week in Manhattan. (Feb. 15, 2011) Credit: AP

Narciso Rodriguez, known for his architectural, body-hugging cocktail dresses with sexy slits and cutouts, has been answering the call of a different muse in recent seasons, sending longer, looser confections down the runway. And this season, that trend continues.

Light-as-air chiffon and silk dresses, mostly three-quarter length and some with dropped waists, had a vaguely '30s feel. The palette was mostly black, silver, platinum and smoky grays, served up in long rectangular color blocks with pops of red, pink, lavender, as with a silk fil coupe dress, which had the look of an abstract painting. A black wool/silk cire dress had a long red stripe down each side, like the trim on tuxedo trousers -- but wider, more noticeable. Another wool/angora/leather vest in plum, worn with twill pants, had a long white panel straight down the front.

Graphic.  Bold.  With a collage of different fabrics that gives the collection an entirely new feel to that of years past.  But . . . we can't help but wonder:  What will steadfast fans like Juilianna Margulies or Julia Louis-Dreyfuss be wearing at the next Emmy Awards ceremony? Though artistically interesting, none of these seem likely to wind up in their closets.

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