Sunday, March 3, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013: Louise Amstrupp

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There are a couple of presentations that I stopped by that I never had a chance to get to so here is one more review for you. Louise Amstrup  is the London based designer who made her London Fashion Week debut back in 2009. Now to signify a new era Louise Amstrup presented in New York for the very first time at Milk Studios.

The collection was inspired by the 2004 documentary, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, that portrayed a ghost town in the Californian desert. The town was once lauded to become the new Palm Springs before ever increasing salt levels gave the area an odor of decaying fish.
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Salt crystals, underwater sea creatures and coral became the inspirational elements that Amstrup drew upon.  The level of detail took a couture approach. The organza skirt shown above consisted of hundreds of hand-dyed organza flowers and took 850 hours to create.

My favorite pieces where those that were less worked and had a sporty edge with a net layer. The acid yellow and lilac prints looked great against navy, white, light grey and black. Softly rounded hips and rounded shoulders looked great as did the a-line silhouettes and youthful mini lengths. Marbleized nail polish, crimped hair, floppy hats and socks with silver ASOS heels finished off the look.
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