New York Fashion Week: Narciso Rodriguez
In a runway season where so many designers have been playing with color-blocking, Narciso Rodriguez took the idea to a new level of genius, with a collection that was sublimely artistic, but also down to earth in the sense that there was a lot to wear.
We're used to seeing Rodriguez do architectural clothing with a body-conscious fit. But this time, he cut loose with something softer, lighter and more relaxed.
With asymmetrical lines and bold strokes of color, it was almost as if Rodriguez was painting with fabric.
Dresses, skirts, tops and jackets were assemblages of sheer and opaque, color blocks and wavy lines.
He started with a black cap sleeve silk shirt over a pair of white pants with a jagged black waistband, creating a stunning graphic effect.
Jagged line gave way to squiggle down the front of a sleeveless dress with a sheer bodice and black skirt. A stunning aqua silk dress with a single cap sleeve had a subtle wave pattern fanning out over the wrap-effect skirt. And a white cotton shirt dress was a study in balance, with a bold stroke of aqua blue at one side of the hem and a black cuff on the opposing sleeve.
For evening, Rodriguez worked in shades of white and sheer, the V-neck dress of one dress accented with orange, and the skirt of another revealing a wash of aqua color below.
-- Booth Moore in New York City
Photos: Looks from the Narciso Rodriguez spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credits: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press; Eric Thayer / Reuters; Frazer Harrison /Getty Images; Jason Szenes / EPA.