Friday, August 31, 2007

Designers to watch for Fashion Week: Part 3

WHO: Nili Lotan

WHY: New york-based Nili Lotan combines clean, classic staples with eccentricity -- a true reflection of her eclectic background and experiences.

Growing up in Israel and has served for two years in the Israeli Air Force, Lotan has worked senior design positions for companies such as Ralph Lauren and Nautica before launching her own label. She combines her life experiences in her designs, often splashing patterns of rifles or silkscreens on her simple, but structured pieces.

Lotan's also known for her well-tailored trench coats and shirts that yield comfort and femininity. Vogue once dubbed her cotton button-down shirt (which requires no ironing) "The Winning Shirt."

WHAT TO SEE: For Spring 2008, look for Lotan's vision of the late '60s and early '70s.

"In this collection, I focused on my memories and visions from the '70s. It's the mixture of war and the bohemian lifestyle that has given definition to this collection," she says.

Watch for elements such as printed silk keffiyeh, Palestinian embroidery and the faces of war protesters on silkscreen on her daywear and eveningwear.

See Nili Lotan's past collections here.

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