Dorothee Schumacher took off for spring with a floaty, fluttering collection directed at an ever-widening, international group of contemporary women. Titled “Traumwelt – Weltraum”– a German play on words that directly translates as “dream world-outer space” — many looks were kept aloft via graduated flounces and ruffles, tickling the hems, rippling across bodices and shoulders. Sleeves or pants were often slit open to further aerate light-hearted blouses, dresses and flowing pants.
Other features added dimension: plastrons on wafting dresses (continued from last season); apronlike skirts over pants; hanging ribbons that waved weightlessly, and shimmering, metallic fabrics providing electric charge. As for one’s beauty sleep, Schumacher populated a mangalike Sweet Dreams print with airships, clouds, underwater UFO-like creatures, books and clocks.
The new elegance is ease, the program notes stated, and the designer delivered an inviting and stress-free spring lineup indeed.