Friday, August 19, 2011

NORMAN AMBROSE FALL 2011-Showroom Visit

West 14th Street, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Angora plaid 3 pocket tailored blazer/Angora plaid fly front trouser with front pockets ($3150/$1525) left
Italian cashmere cable knit long sleeve sweater dress/appliqué mink trim $2585

With New York Fashion Week set to kick off with the new Spring 2012 clothes---

A re-visit one of our favorite collections that presented at Lincoln Center last February, designer Norman Ambrose...was a fresh reminder of one of that season's highlights....

Silk Charmeuse long sleeve shirt dress, pleated patch pockets and waist tie ($2170)...a versatile dress 'simple' elegance

Hand embroidered silk tulle jabot front evening blouse ($4500) with hand beaded pailette evening skirt, burn out ostrich feather sleeve & hem appliqués ($5990)

Prior to Ambrose's debut on a grand stage-we have previewed his prior collections in an intimate hotel suite---so we missed the ability to actually see, up close his stunning apparel---the luxe European fabrics, the intricate hand-forged  embroideries, the exacting workmanship----

hand beaded pailette & crystal encrusted long sleeve cocktail dress with burn out ostrich feather sleeve & hem appliqué 

Hand beaded black diamond and jet bead 'crusade' cocktail dress, silk crepe de chine lining, tulle ruffle sleeves $8900

It made us think about all the get the look for less, high/low ensembles we see in print reads. We beg to disagree---once can get the style for less...but not the look-as the actual look includes everything about a dress, a coat, a skirt...

...and with this collection the LOOK is personified by the hand finishings, custom made constructions (for any shape women) insuring the perfect fits, classic and elegant tailoring ...

Well sewn ---

Even the silk lining is hemmed in beautifully

And one doesn't have to be a fashionista to appreciate the utter exquisiteness of say a 50's/60's staple that would placate the inner siren Grace Kelly's amongst us---this novelty metallic wool pleat front pencil skirt...impeccably lined in silk crepe de chine skirt ($1100)...

--- paired with a hand beaded tulle sleeveless evening blouse...the same luxurious material as used in this long sleeve sheath...and a plush cashmere cardigan with gold buttons.
Hand beaded tulle long sleeve cocktail dress,  Russian sable trim $21, 450

Evening wear...invites close-ups...the hand work is amazing...and yes, this knock-out one shoulder silk tulle crepe satin evening gown with metal bullion appliqé ($7990) is weighty...but as all of Ambrose's pieces...from the daywear through the Red Carpet stunners---

All is very wearable -in the best tradition of American Sportswear---gone glam.

PLUS: We thought the this soft Alpaca double breasted overcoat with horn buttons and charmeuse binding ($3110) one for the ages...its sturdy yet elegant...with back detail.

...and the silk double dutchess satin opera coat---wonderfully made back pleats that reminded us of of classic Dior. ($4650)