Friday, September 14, 2007

Fashion Week: Twinkle by Wenlan

Whimsical accents like scalloped trimmed pockets, piped-edges in contrasting colors and quirky prints defined the Twinkle by Wenlan show. There is a slight girlish elegance to the wearable clothing of this collection. The silhouettes are still loose and airy (with the occasional contrasting belt which seems to be the season's biggest accessory) and perfectly placed pockets are visible on most garments.

Wenlan's signature print this season is a hand drawn decorative pattern that looks like old-glamour stage curtains taken from an illustrated book you remember from childhood. It was sweet but not too saccharine -- a hommage to the innocence of the handmade piece. The knit dresses were form fitting yet easy. There is nothing homely about the shapes but you do get the feeling of comfort and simplicity.

For spring, the color palettes are muted and low-key. Grays, yellows and creams are the seasons most wanted colors. Nothing garrish is acceptable and no rhinestones in sight. This marks a new shift in sophisticated glamor with a low-maintenance approach.

All of Twinkle by Wenlan pieces seem wearable and accessible. For once, runway does translate to real world. -- Anne Sakatori

Photos from top: Twinkle by Wenlan Spring 2008 collection.

Photo credits: Imaxtree

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