| |The structure, form, and
angles that are usually associated with
architectural design have moved from the city
streets to the fashion runways.
With the move toward minimalism, Apparel Search
recognizes that clean lines, structure, and
sharp-edged angles are being incorporated into
many of today's fashions. Designers are drawing
inspiration from the simple, modern style that
is associated with architecture.
On the design front, form
and texture have become key areas of focus. It's
also interesting to note that many of the color
palettes being shown for Fall/Winter mirror the
colors associated with the city. Apparel Search
recognizes a palette of grays, which may have
been influenced by the sleek buildings, and lots
of black—the color of asphalt. These colors are
often contrasted by blue, which may have drawn
inspiration from the color of the sky.
Yeohlee's Spring 2008 collection highlighted
clean, crisp looks in a palette of soft gray and
ivory. Angles, a key element throughout the
collection, added a dramatic edge to sleeves and
skirt hems. Angular cuts also showed up on
stylish poncho-type over-garments.
Yeohlee's Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection
also incorporated geometrics and angles. A
darker palette of blue, black, and gray brought
a sophisticated, urban edge. Clean and
understated, the collection highlighted form and
geometry. Looks ranged from angular, almost
bat-like sleeves on ponchos to shimmery metallic
dresses that were quite simple in form. Several
pieces highlighted bold geometrics in a palette
of gray and black.
Calvin Klein's Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear
collection also reflected structural design
influences. Clean, sharp lines dominated the
collection, which consisted mainly of gray and
black hues. Styles included an angular A-line
dress with a very futuristic Jetsons-like
flair and an asymmetrical dress that made quite
a statement with its sharp, angular one-sleeve
Design duo Viktor & Rolf also showed a palette
of gray and black for Fall/Winter. Models
sashayed down the runway in stark, minimalist
looks. Even their boots reflected a strong
architectural influence that was also
futuristic. Pants were pleated (another nod to
straight lines and form) and embellished with
metallic accents. Again, minimalism was key.
Architecture's inspiration is certainly not
limited to apparel. Even renowned architects
such as Frank Gehry have brought their designs
into fashion. Several years ago, Gehry
collaborated with Tiffany & Co. to launch a
jewelry collection that reflects the simplicity
of his minimalist designs. Earrings, necklaces,
bracelets, and rings are part of the upscale
line, which has a contemporary edge. Pieces
range from the clean, elegant, and modern Torque
bangle to the Flux earrings, which are simple,
organic, and thoroughly modern.
By Regina Cooper
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