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Vail fashion: Buy a purple dress this year

Jenn Bruno
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail fashion: Jenn Bruno, designer Mirco Giovannini and a model at Giovannini's showroom in New York.

VAIL, Colorado –Knitwear conveys seasons and occasionally attitudes. Pink sweaters rarely accompany bad moods or, for that matter, any day in January.

We find comfort in our winter shades of brown, grey and black and explode with joyful excitement when exciting colors appear in early spring. Knits may lack the sex appeal of a Cavalli print but are no less important to our wardrobes. Basics are not easy to create.

Christopher Fischer’s spring collection yet again delivers with ease and appeal. Like that favorite cardigan of yours you wish you still owned, Fisher’s creations belong in your wardrobe. Bright pink, blue, green and yellow shades stand out like sprouting tulips.

Classic cuts for all shapes and sizes are intermixed with new touches and designs. Light-weight cashmere is complimented by cotton and jersey fabrics. These are pieces that will be worn throughout the spring, not just on special occasions. Dresses have an everyday appeal that I rarely find. I am exhausted by the color choices, there are too many good ones.

I follow Christopher Fisher with my first ever dressing room appointment at Alice + Olivia. Located across the street from Bryant Park, they are in the midst of a special promotion for buyers. As a first time buyer, I am interested in adding a few of their best sellers for fall. With no free racks, models or space, we convene in the dressing room for selections.

Close quarters and great clothing make for quick speedy shopping. Fun, flirty silhouettes are intermixed with classic shapes. Light weight knits with attached scarves are among my favorites. Normally, I have to wait six months to see clothing I order. Its exciting to know it will be here in a matter of weeks.

I am now off to the runway for a healthy dose of humility. I have been invited to see a somewhat famous designer’s new collection at the New York Public Library, which is adjacent to Bryant Park.

The celebs were out in full force. Amanda, Rachel and Misha were in attendance. As I waited on line for my seat assignment, paparazzi floated about taking photos of well-dressed attendees, some apparently standing right next to me.

Finally I reached the PR person who handed me my precious seat assignment. Standing room only. If fashion were a totem pole, I did not make the tree. Therefore they do not make my blog. Enough said.

Off to a new designer out of Italy showing at his first New York Fashion Week. Mirco Giovannini is a name to remember. I’m still somewhat speechless after viewing his spring 2010 collection.

Mirco’s amazing attention to detail and impeccable fabric choices have made his collection my favorite line of spring 2010, so far. Bright yellow dresses intermixed with tone-o-t one striped tops and skirts highlight a collection that simply left me breathless. Approachable hues of blue, purple and grey accompany perfect shapes and styles.

Mirco found his inspiration in the 1960s. Fabrics magically hold the designer’s shapes. While there are plentiful cute short dresses, there are a number of longer hemlines that are among my favorites.

Tank dresses in yellow with grey edging are seen with incredible purple and blues. A cream basket weave fabric dress and skirt highlight the ingenuity of Mirco’s design. He personally produces the collection at his family’s factory in Italy. I can’t wait for his collection to arrive.

Day 2 is over. Bright solid colors or color block have been my biggest trend. If you still don’t own a purple dress, make 2010 the year you finally succumb. Tomorrow I will hopefully sit at a fashion show and see new collections from McQueen, Dennis Basso and Ports 1961.

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