Fall 2007 finds Luca Luca designer Luca Orlandi in a sporty - and sparkly - mood.
In his best collection to date, presented Monday afternoon at the Promenade in Bryant Park, Orlandi opened with a suite of crisp white ski chic looks, complete with goggles, down puffers and knit caps pulled low on the models' smoky eyes, followed by a spangly cowl neck sheath, fox/chiffon blouson over skinny wool trousers, leather-look lurex pants and body-conscious gray dresses, both long-sleeved and short, many trimmed with sequins or boasting shiny trim.
Much in this collection was sequined or made from slightly Space Age-y reflective fabric, in fact, including metallic rayon pants, a shiny taffeta anorak, tinfoil-bright silver leggings worn beneath a silver mink capelet, a knit-trimmed bomber made entirely of matte silver paillettes and a winter white trench with chunky Swarovski-embellished stand-up collar that made it look as though the model was wearing a rock crystal neck brace. There was even a champagne sequined dress seamed with mink, for those who really can't get enough sparkle and fur.
While this may sound tacky, it was not, due to Orlandi's deft tailoring and the impeccable craftsmanship of his team, four of whom shared the stage when it was time to take a bow.
"The people who took the bow are my design assistants," said the Italian-born Orlandi after the show. "They take the bow with me because they do the collection with me. I mean, this is not a one man effort anymore. It’s sincerely too much work and I couldn’t do it anymore alone, like I did when we started. It’s really a major effort by a lot of people and it’s right to share the clapping of the hands."
We agree. And Orlandi is sure to hear more clapping of the hands - and ringing of the cash registers - when this stellar collection hits stores come fall.
Photos © Gg/The Bigger Picture Pictures. For additional, larger images from this show, click here