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Reed Krakoff plays with ideas of weightlessness, femininity in spring/summer show

09/12/2013 01:06 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST
NEW YORK, N.Y. - With each collection, Reed Krakoff seems to try new colours, and they always seem to have very descriptive names.

Just a couple of our favourites from his new collection: Bisque, as in the colour of lobster bisque, and hi-lite, as in, yes, a fluorescent marker.

Krakoff presented the collection Wednesday in a Chelsea gallery space, attended by actresses Julianne Moore and Allison Williams of HBO's "Girls" among other fashionistas.

He used a lot of light, ethereal colours and garments. He seemed to signal his intentions with the first look: a flowing chiffon dress in that bisque colour. He stayed with bisque for much of the show, throwing in white, nude, and, for those who can't live without it, some black at the end.

"I was playing with the idea of weightlessness, and overt femininity," Krakoff explained in an interview after the show. "And combining it with some classic attributes of the brand," as in more sculptured, tailored pieces.

"I was combining the two, and just playing with it."

The duality resulted in some fascinating combinations. One of the better ones: A white grain leather top, to provide weight and structure, paired with a filmy white chiffon and cotton voile skirt. And to cap it off: A square-toe pump with a pedestal heel in — why not? — hi-lite alligator.

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