Thursday, February 25, 2010


New York Fashion Week

Felissimo Townhouse, West 56th Street

February 2010

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

A presentation format of mannequins lined up in two spacious parlor rooms---

                                         RAINBOW COLORED PRINT-A SHOT OF TROPICAL COLOR

and a model posed on a grand staircase…

--was a very calm way to see a collection from the Brazilian designer Valdemar Iódice.

In the past, runway shows for his eponymous label have been upbeat, festive occasions packed with seductive clothing for women who want to stand out when they go out.

Maybe it was the quiet hush of it all (partially), but we felt this collection had many more sophisticated separates and dresses--- that would appeal to a broader range of female.

Inspired by a trip to the Amazon, a sparkling frock with delicate bell sleeves hemmed with feathers was lovely...and had us thinking--- time for a martini.

Two well tailored piped line samples...a wear anywhere trench---and a pea coat blazer ---nods to gals dwelling in cooler temps ---featured buttons made from fallen nuts.

Our favorite looks belonged to the lace pieces…including a knockout leather laser cut trench style and jacket--- that reminded us of an amazing jacket we have from Christian Lacroix.

Season-less options also included many well draped "Goddess" dresses, mostly in solid neutral shades. 

Body hugging but we felt fitted as to flatter (which makes sense as the designer began his career in knitwear),

There were several options...

Deep Vs to wear front or back... and a sleeveless dresses-a diagonally draped one and a clever black/white---

are versatile samples…that we can see over lacy or solid black hosiery…as shown…

...but also work in the dead of winter---under a long belted cardigan or cute blazer, with boots---

or as sexy night out dresses---attired with bling, sandals.


BTW: LOVED The feathered booties and BOLD gold metal grommets on strappy sandals.