Sunday, March 8, 2009

Fashion Week: Morgan Le Fay

The Morgane Le Fay Fall 2009 collection, shown in the round, under a gauzy tent-like canopy in the fashion house's Soho boutique, satisfies the dreamer and the pragmatist in every woman. Urban, wearable separates and delicate dresses — in a palette of muted teal, gray, purple, white and basic black — were edgier and more body conscious than previous seasons.

The collection conjured up visions of man-made angels — dresses and blouses in sheer fabrics glided and hovered away from the body. Dresses with sheer layers and ribbon-like detailing created movement within and around the garment. A layer of white feathers accented a simple fitted white tunic dress, adding texture and whimsy. Hoop skirts in sheer fabrics showed a sensitivity to structure and construction, floating away from the body in a jaunty, playful way.

There were hints of the punk rocker and the equestrian. Day and evening looks were all paired with tall black riding boots, striking a balance between tough and delicate. Slim dark trousers and fitted skirts were matched with short jackets in tweed and dark wool. Structured coats in wool and fur created volume and contrasted smartly with the slim silhouette. Asymmetrical coat collars exposed a sheer blouse and broad yoke collars added height to the silhouette. Long coats with tails and blouses with long trains also contributed to the fantasy.

Our favorite look: a sleeveless wrap dress with a hoop skirt, made from sheer gauzy layers in pale pink, lavender and black. We loved how the linear elements of the dress — the visible structure of the tiered hoops, seams and layering — was delicate, pretty and edgy, both concealing and revealing. -- Julie Yee.