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FASHIONWEEK Fall 2007: Inspired by Icebergs, Linda Loudermilk's Brand of Eco-Chic is Rock Star Ready. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG & PODCAST

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FASHIONWEEK Fall 2007: Inspired by Icebergs, Linda Loudermilk's Brand of Eco-Chic is Rock Star Ready. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION PODCAST MP3 File

Summary: Calling them the "rock stars of nature", Loudermilk's interpretation of Arctic iceberg chic involved a stark palette of winter white, ice blue, a shimmery taupe, and "dark ash". The show opened with a sleek white wool mini dress with oversized "iceberg" sleeve - like a puffy fabric watermelon with multiple facets - cropped just below the elbow; it was particularly fab & lustworthy. Another interesting detail was shiny fringe applied down the sideseams of a pant & in another look, encircling a top; from the rear, it formed an elegant semi-circle suspended from each shoulder which dipped to the midback...and turned out to be human hair! While it might seem like a cringeworthy substance to use as trim, the effect was anything but. Cotton faux fur made for lush cascading ruffle lapels on one chic white jacket, while a black rice paper wool jacket was draped in the back to look like a modified bustle. Evening wear - such as a shimmery mid-calf shealth with (reclaimed) lace overlay - was paired with 80s style pointy ankle boots (with tons of buckles), making it cool & downtown. The poufy mohawk-like coiffure with the the "Mad Housewife" swingy dress - a swirly teal & gold confection - was another fun styling touch. One winter white dress with long bell sleeves even had white fabric cubes suspended from them - about the size of fuzzy dice hanging from a car rear-view window...and just as fun!

Color Palette: winter white, ice blue, shimmery taupe, dark ash (black), cream & chocolate ombre, charcoal, teal with gold, dark cinnamon

Textures & Details: eco-friendly wools (bamboo, Japanese rice paper); reclaimed lace; cotton faux fur; human hair; wood pulp; reclaimed cotton; organic wool jersey; hemp satin; bamboo stretch corduroy; biodegradeable wood pulp & silk; white fabric "icecubes" hanging from long bell sleeves; screen prints with global warming messages; chiffon one-shouldered ruffle tops & minis; poufy "mohawk" 'do

Key Looks: winter white wool sleek mini dress with faceted "iceberg" balloon sleeve; floor-length skirt with train & matching snug jacket suit;  white faux fur jacket with cascading ruffles for lapels; morning coat with cutaway front & gorgeously draped back; "Mad Housewife" teal & gold swing dress with poufy mohawk; lace overlay sheath with 80s ankle boots with tons of buckles

- Lesley Scott

(photo: LindaLoudermilk.com)

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February 2, 2007 in Fashion, Fashionweek, PODCAST, Weblogs | Permalink

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