Sunday, February 3, 2008

Fashion Week: ThreeAsFour





ThreeAsFour's Fall 2008 collection uses their signature three-dimensional approach "to explore the architectural traditions of ancient Russia," the show's program notes. How this translate onto the runway is a fabulous collection that continues their use in circular seams and intricately layered asymmetrical pieces that flow with the body, and an introduction to roping details around the neck.

Black, grey, white and silver made up the core of this collection with additional hints of light green and cobalt blue. The use of soft fabrics such as silk chiffon, silk charmeuse are ever present, and and paired with stronger wintry fabrics such as wool crepe, shiny corduroy, and lurex-woven wools.

It is refreshing to see strong tailoring such as trench coat done with the desigers' signature circular cutouts and draping. ThreeAsFour's suits are cut long and lean, honing to a menswear, Saville Row influence in unexpected fabric such as silver corduroy.

But it is their dresses that provide the most appeal to this collection. Ethereal fabrics such as silks and chiffon are delicately draped in complex asymmetrical layers. A silver mixed silk dress that closed the show featured mind-boggling circular cascades that flow down the hems.

Coming out from the much-hyped CFDA contest, it will be interesting to see what ThreeAsFour has installed for us in the future. -- Edith Moy

Photos from top: ThreeAsFour Fall 2008 collection.

Photo source: Imaxtree.com

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