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Krakoff dabbles in bold color and print for spring
Bright colors, bird prints and luscious leather in Reed Krakoff's NY Fashion Week show
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Structure and fluidity. Abstract and figurative. Refined and relaxed.

Reed Krakoff embraces the contradictions in his clothes ' in fact, he was aiming for it in his spring collection.

"I was trying to connect some disparate ideas," Krakoff said backstage after Wednesday's show on Manhattan's far West Side.

One thing Krakoff said was new this time around: The use of some bold color ' pollen, a shade of yellow, and flare, a bright orange ' in many of his designs. Also, he noted, he'd used abstract prints before, but never figurative prints, like his Audubon-inspired bird print.

That lively pattern first emerged on a silk sleeveless polo shirt with a matching printed leather wrap skirt, then on several silk tees, paired with skirts or slim pants.

Another popular element: Leather ' not surprising given Krakoff's background at Coach ' all soft and buttery. It was even more luxurious in long dresses, including in a lovely adobe color.

A black cashmere V-neck looked so wearable, one wanted to grab it and put it on. Another sweater, in black mesh, was great for evening, paired with a sequiny black embroidered skirt. So-called "cellophane" dresses made a very shiny statement.

Backstage, Krakoff explained that he was looking to give his clothes a structure but retain their fluidity at the same time. He also said he liked the interplay between refined and relaxed fashion.

That tension was illustrated in what was by far one of the nicest looks: A black-and-white silk piped long dress, the flowing white outside, with the black underneath.

Refined indeed, Krakoff's many fans might have said, but relaxed, too.

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