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Friday, February 27, 2009


TIME & PLACE: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 8:25PM

The last show of the day at the tents had buzz, thanks to an appearance by actor MICKEY ROURKE, who was swarmed by photographers and journalists. Rourke looked miles removed from his peroxide blonde self in his comeback hit, The Wrestler. Decked out in a navy Domenico Vacca jacket and burgundy striped shirt, and gold rimmed sunglasses, he could have passed for a well dressed Milanese gentleman.

Mr. Vacca went with an autumnal palette of burgundy, pumpkin, indigo blue, and showed well-tailored pieces that were nonetheless feminine. A fuchsia silk blouse softened a wide legged navy pinstripe pantsuit, as did a paillette top when paired with a pair of bronze nylon pants.
Instead of cutouts, Vacca used leather accents to add interest to easy black wool dresses, and we were relieved that he did, as cutouts often look more tawdry than flattering.

The men’s stayed in the gray family, and had a tailored but casual tone as the jacket and pants were coordinated but not matched. He did offer a black velvet tux suit as a black tie option, and we could imagine more sartorially adventuresome actors wearing it on the Red Carpet. Perhaps Mr. Rourke?
Many designers have tried to incorporate an artistic element to their pieces, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The large brown floral appliqu├ęs looked best when restricted to a minimum. Similarly, sequins and jeweler accents were best when used sparingly as it was in the hem of a draped burgundy top worn with slim evening trousers. Another look that worked were the eggplant chiffon gowns with mini capes and jewel accented brown caftan. This is just not the season to indulge in too much embellishment or lame fabric. As always, there's room for an exception, if it's a good one. In this case, it was the mermaid lame column gown.

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