Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Narcisco Rodriguez

The fall collection from Narcisco Rodriguez was much more striking than I was expecting, though I wonder how much of it had to do with the staging. So far, it’s the only show I’ve seen presented with a completely white set. The result was really extraordinary — it gave the clothes a much stronger winter feel and really allowed the color in the collection to shine through.

Rodriguez chose a gorgeous pumpkin orange (which we’ve seen in several collections so far so start stocking up on this stunning hue now!) and a beautiful slate blue to mix in with the traditional black and grey fall/winter palette. What I love about the orange used in this collection, as with the others we’ve seen, is it’s the most wearable shade of orange I’ve ever come across. Not at all overpowering, I think you could easily pull off, say, Rodriguez’s fabulous orange overcoat with a black boot, and not feel Halloween-inspired at all.

There was also a lot of white in the collection, which always shocks me a bit in a fall show. But the pieces were beautifully done, and if anyone could convince me to trudge through mid-winter slush in all white, it would be Rodriguez, with his gorgeous wool shift dress. No chance of my pairing it with his open-toed, mega-strap sandals, though…I can only take fashion so far.

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