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InVesting in Style
By Tracey Vest

New Math: Fashion Geometry

08/27/2007



Forget floaty floral prints and soft, girly palettes.  This season, designers have fallen for bold graphics, reminiscent of their art deco roots and, more distantly, the Pythagorean Theorem.  Luckily, you don’t have to fake a fever and a flu with this group of trapezoids.  Contrasting colors and right angles take center stage on jackets, camis—even shoes—giving new meaning to the notion of feminine for Fall.


 

 

Custo Barcelona’s Velesa L.A. Room silk top is an unexpected take on girly-meets-grown-up.  Puffed sleeves and ruffled trim is counteracted with a slew of geometric shapes in bold purple and blue, capturing the trend nicely.  MINT’s Jodi Arnold Print Bow Front Dress will have you black and blue from head to toe, and you won’t feel a thing—except unbelievably chic. Make no mistake, however; the bow at the bust is anything but frilly.  It’s positioned strategically so that it could easily be mistaken for a pleat detail, or perhaps a fashionable tribute to the octagon…But if prints scare you away, Milly softens the Euclidean blow by serving up its share of shapes in a safer, all-black hue. The Geo Matelasse Jacquard Shell Top is a subtly sexy evening top that epitomizes modernity, with its angular silhouette and pleating at the waist, and a key-hole in the back.  Give the big city its accolades with the very NYC Silk Tank from Mezza New York.  The bold graphic design in burgundy and gold is just what the NY girl ordered—no-fuss, no-nonsense fashion with an edge—perfect for getting past the stone-faced door guy in the meat-packing district (of course, it probably helps that he has a crush on you). 

Now, when it comes to fashion, there is one thing that we all have in common: shoes.  No trend or fad, however extreme or fleeting, can come between us and a beautiful pair.  It just so happens, L.A.M.B’s Lakeview Pump is the quintessential portrayal of the geometric look for Fall.  A 4 ½ in heel and snakeskin upper make models out of any feet, and the black on black print is the ultimate in design—if geometry had been this good in high school, we’d never have dozed off in 4th period.  And you said this stuff would never have a real-life application.  Ha!  Mrs. Whatever-her-name-was would certainly be proud.