Spring Fashions Feel 'Craftsy'

Designs get whimsical, 'craftsy,' with fabrics that offer a tactile appeal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2009 2:36 PM CDT
Spring 2010 fashion collection from Donna Karan is modeled during fashion week in New York, Monday Sept. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – This spring, designers are getting touchy-feely, writes Booth Moore in the Los Angeles Times’ continuing look at Fashion Week. From a rope-weave raffia vest by Carolina Herrera to Donna Karan’s “fabrics seemingly weathered by the elements,” designs have “a craftsy feel”—“maybe it's a signal that we're searching for more depth in fashion, something to touch and feel, not just to look at and discard after one season.”

The collections also share a sense of whimsy, writes Suzy Menkes for the New York Times. “The spirit of today’s American fashion” is “escapism,” she says, with “ripples of ruffles” taking admirers away from real-world woes. Marc Jacobs offered ballet-inspired looks and “sweet Japanese girly colors” while Zac Posen took the idea to the extreme with “highly colored, boldly patterned clothes” for the “party circuit.”