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Vail fashion: Dresses inspired by Degas

Jenn Bruno
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily
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Wednesday began in the Meatpacking District, now home to quite a few fashion showrooms. First stop, Robert Rodriguez, a Los Angeles designer. He is in the showroom helping with appointments and offering insight into his collection.

Last spring there were few color choices and no prints. This year I am greeted by bright blue and yellow prints. He is taking greater risks with his fabrics. Silhouettes float on the models. His blouses are always a must see and his bold new shapes pleasantly surprise me.

Rodriguez has brought back his jersey and cotton collections. He has combined simple color choices with classic flowing cuts. These pieces soften the bold prints in t he main collection. While it is not a revolutionary collection, it will easily mix with your wardrobe.



My next appointment is with Sophie Theallet. Sophie’s originally from France but currently designs in New York. She gained recent fashion acclaim when First Lady Michelle Obama wore a number of pieces from her collection.

I was surprised to meet Sophie in the showroom and had the pleasure of her undivided attention during my appointment. Her energy and excitement for life are the threads that hold this incredible collection together.



Hand-dyed fabrics, bright color combinations and incredible detailing combine for sophisticated Bohemian couture. Red and cream dresses are accented by stripes and small shell details. On the racks simple shapes captured my attention, but on the model they took on new life. Above all, this collection is feminine, flirty and most especially fun.

I head back to Bryant Park for the Dennis Basso show. Dennis is a furrier of international acclaim. His Spring 2010 had touches of fur but the emphasis was on evening wear.

Inspired by Degas’ famous paintings, the collection began with ballerina hemlines and evolved into full-length gowns with inspired touches of floral rosettes. A python bustier accompanied a weightless chiffon floor-length skirt. My favorite piece was a simple blue slip dress worn underneath a matching mink and organza jacket. Incredible fabric combinations with the most beautiful silhouettes made this a runway show to remember.



Afterwards, I was lucky enough to meet Dennis Basso at his store on Madison Avenue. The runway collection was there. It was a rare opportunity to touch and feel the fabrics up close. I even got to try on a few of the pieces. It was simply incredible.

On my final day of fashion week. I am looking forward to the Ports 1961 runway show and will visit one of my favorite showrooms. It features Moschino Cheap and Chic and Alberta Ferrretti.

But I still can’t believe I got to meet so many talented designers today.


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