Trend Watch: Trashy Ladies

A glossy new noir finish is in the bag.
From left: Basso & Brooke and Daryl K fall/winter 2007 runway.
One theme from the recent fall '07 shows we wouldn't dream of kicking to the curb: trash to treasure. That is, high-shine black fabrics with a tough and tactile finish, transformed into wearable wonders. The haute-hefty look made countless appearances on a range of catwalks, from Ruffian to Alexandre Herchcovitch. Perhaps the most exciting aspect was the willingness to wield this tenacious, industrial canvas in a variety of très trashy ways.
We loved the contradiction of Basso & Brooke's fluffy black ballgown and the sinewy Parisian biker look from Daryl K. In between there were refined variations, such as Vanessa Bruno's bat-winged bolero, and more garbage-friendly garb courtesy of Alexandre Herchcovitch's cinched, rumpled skirt. Even if some of the pieces had an unmistakable S&M quality (and some of them did), we're still going to indugle in a bit of trash talk, and we may not even wait until the fall.
From left: Ruffian and Alexandre Herchcovitch fall/winter 2007 runway.
—Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi
A glossy new noir finish is in the bag.

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