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A defining spring theme reveals the shape of things to come.
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From left: Proenza Schouler, Richard Nicoll, and Acne spring/summer '07 collections.
Despite its tendencies toward the austere (industrial-futurist), abstract (experimental fabrics-shapes), and tempered audacity (pattern and color), the spring season also honored something simpler: feminine support, literally.
Going beyond just cinching waists and widening shoulders, designers brought true definition to a woman's upper curves with all-out structure and, sometimes, fantastical detail. The range of emphasis ran the gamut: from Proenza Schouler's delicate seams outlining the bust to the brilliant embellishment of Christopher Kane and the exposed, be-jeweled boning and finely fitted bustiers revealed by Richard Nicoll. Wherever the shape-shifting fell, we loved its emphasis on a woman's natural assets, whatever they are, and how she works them. — Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi
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Richard Nicoll, Marios Schwab, and Christopher Kane, spring/summer '07 collections.
Proenza Schouler photo by First View.
A defining spring theme reveals the shape of things to come.
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