Monday, October 12, 2009


West 18th Street, NYC

New York Fashion Week

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

LUCA LUCA conjures up luxe feminine sensual dresses and suits-at least in our minds. We always think of Ivana Trump in her hey day, or Paris Hilton as emblematic of who wears Luca Luca, though we know of other powerful business women that wear the label to

Currently, Raul Melgoza is at the design helm for Luca Orlandi’s namesake company and for Spring 2010 he channeled the Lauren Hutton 70’s for inspiration.

The show opened with feminine frocks that were delicately ruffled, pleated and layered. We found the use of bold colors a relief from all the neutrals we saw last season and the day prior.

Top looks for us included a Pink Silk/Acetate pleated dress ---

and a yellow silk tiered frock that showed skilled hands when it comes to the details.

Pantsuits, a staple of that 70's decade …made several appearances here-including a billowy silk colbalt blue one.

There were a few versatile separates…high waist, wide leg trousers, a cotton twill cropped jacket, linen tops and skirts…that are day to night time outfits…key to 21st century lifestyles. Playful in spirit---these are really grownup clothes.

But the strong points veered towards evening getups. A cobalt ruched cocktail dress and the solid silk chiffon/silk organza gowns were the highlights of the show for us…including a knockout teal green silk one with gently pleated bodice (pictured above) and a belted one shoulder fuschia gown that had the Oscars' red carpet written all over it.


Tousled soft waves held their shape with Redkin’s Workforce o9.

MAC’s Pro Team led by James Laliardos did the makeup…with an innocent fresh/lightness to the face...much like the collection itself.