CONTEMPORARY: A FASHION FLASHBACK
Byline: Anne D’Innocenzio
NEW YORK — Get out those granny glasses with the blue lenses.
Mod is making a comeback, and contemporary designers are playing it to the hilt with psychedelic colors, vinyl, plastic and snakeskin.
They’re also getting into the high tech scene, with nylon vests in abstract prints.
But there’s a tamer side. Corduroy, which used to be so drab, now appears to be heating up among the contemporary bunch.
“I love all this disco, flashy stuff,” said Betsey Johnson, who is showing boot pants in liquid foil and silver tank tops as well as polyester jersey dresses. It’s all part of the Seventies, and I am into reviving that stuff.”
Her palette includes lime green and hot pink. She is also showing what she calls her “meat and potatoes” fashions, which include her signature crepe de chine dresses.
Laundry by Shelli Segal is pushing head-to-toe unicolor dressing, in black, white and brown. Designs include slim pants and hip-huggers in matte jersey and vinyl, shrunken mock turtlenecks in high tech knits and Ultrasuede dresses, according to designer Shelli Segal.
“It is all part of this good taste/bad taste thing that’s going on in fashion,” she said.
Soda Blue, a division of Hugunot Clothing Ltd., is offering vintage Hawaiian prints in tops, dresses and wrap skirts for summer.
Its transition collection includes brights like orange and lilac.
“The prints are very Sixties-inspired,” said Lawrence Kaplan, president. “We have designs that just feature one big flower.”
Willi Wear is counting on corduroy.
“It’s going to be hot,” said Michael Shulman, design director. Willi Wear features corduroy in flat-front and traditional pleated pants.
It is offering blazers, jackets, skirts and pants in wool twill and mohair. The firm also has a techno group, which includes nylon designs like ski-inspired down-filled jackets.
“There is all this influence from Prada and CourrAges,” said Shulman.
Sentimental Exclusive Designs, which offers clubwear for the in-crowd, is showing lots of stretch vinyl halter tops and hip-hugger pants in yellow, pink, black and white, according to Sam Michael Hourani, president.
“We are mixing the vinyl with shiny satin,” he said.
Looks include animal prints and snakeskin. A three-piece set includes a motorcycle jacket, bustier and flared skirt, all in clear plastic.
B-Real is moving away from the shiny look and going after nylon and Lycra spandex in such neon colors as lime, orange and lilac.
“I’m tired of all that shine,” said Sean Roo, president, whose spring/summer collection includes wide-leg and capri pants as well as button-down shirts, in polyester knitwear. “For the shirts, we are showing very weird psychedelic prints.”
Absolute Lee-Global Wear
Action Wear USA Inc.
Allen Allen, USA
Baggu T’s at Creative Concepts
Basement Clothing USA Inc.
Ben & Elle
Brannan Apparel Group
Casabawa Imports (USA) Inc.
Co & Eddy — by Summit Ridge
Cristina Dioguardi — Beyond Threads
Depart at Creative Concepts
Derek Andrew Inc.
Dress To Kill
Endeavor Trading Inc.
Dixietex International, Inc. FX Trends
Faliz Inc. dba “Atria” — “Sexia”
GDS Sigi Inc.
Gail Garner Designs
India Trade Promotion Organization
International Trends Inc.
JK Int’l/Casual Studio
Kanxio-Front First Designs Inc.
Karen Kane Inc.
Kelby’z African Elegance
L.N. Gododia & Sons (P) Ltd.
La Sara, A Division of Rajco Int’l
Laundry by Shelli Segal
Lauren K. Design Inc.
Legends by Sunisha
Longhouse Fashion Inc.
M&S Collections Inc.
MC Squared Sports-wear Inc.
M. Kalan at Creative Concepts
Mamo Howell Inc.
Mesmerize By Kamikam
Mia & Co.
On Your Back
One Way Design Ltd.
Only In USA
Painted Pony Clothing
Rampage Clothing Co.
Regent Impex Inc.
Romeo Romeo/Georgie Porgie
Sam Hilu’s Primitive Arts Inc.
San Francisco City Lights
Sentimental Exclusive Designs
Shanghai C&C Garment USA Inc.
Showmart/Joes/NC Love/Danielle Dahan
Silk by JCE
Sparkling Int’l Inc.
St. Maarten Accessories
State of the Art
Sterling Styles Inc.
Team Tactics/Level 99
Touch Me Fashion
UBU by YB Noral
URU by Kristine St. Rrik