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Last evening's A Détacher runway show at the Altman Building was a delight of wearable adult womenswear flirting with European sensibilities and the avant-garde. Bucking many of the trends (except, of course, the ubiquitous bodysuit) we've seen in other shows this week, this line was consistent, cohesive and beautiful. Shift dresses, capelet and peasant tops, A-line skirts and cigarette pants were rife with pleating, subtle ruffles, beautifully constructed and printed with refreshing wallpaper florals, basketweaves and paintbrush stroke patterns. Colors were subtle—tans, ice blues, shots of purple, beiges, a lot of black. Knits cardigans featured harlequin prints in hot pink and earthy orange.
Black crotcheted doily dresses and tops were slinky but restrained by the trim skirts, bodysuits and slim, cropped pants they were layered with. Silhouettes were elegant and many dresses—some featuring a beautifully draped sort of a Greco-Roman one-shoulder look—could almost be called frocks. This isn't a party girl collection, by any means. The A Détacher customer is clearly shopping for quality and for that unique piece that will wear well despite bucking trends. The kind of pieces that strangers ask you about and you're only too happy to oblige them with exactly when and where you got them. Appropriately, the show closed with Carly Simon's classic, "You're So Vain," and we imagine you'd feel pretty vain wearing these pieces.
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