Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Altman Building
February 3, 2007
Written by Bob Bland
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas
Trekking from the
cozy warmth of the Tents at Bryant Park to the outer
reaches of Chelsea can be an unpleasent undertaking,
but I was happy to brave the cabs and the cold to
see the Fall 2007 collection of Gustavo Arango.
The Puerto-Rican designer, who worked with Peter
Balmain before starting his own label, is known
for for his bias cut dresses in fluid fabrics and
luxurious women’s suits. The show was set
to Pink Floyd’s instantly recognizable “Brick
in the Wall,” an ominous song to set such
a smooth collection to.
Embellishment, which has taken
on such a metallic and chunky feel this season,
was seen in the form of beading, Swaroski crystals
and entire panels of metallic sequins integrated
into shift dresses. Whether the material be silk
satin, tafetta or a copious amount of silk chiffon,
Arango’s key colors were amber gold, charcoal,
plum, emerald and black.
A plum silk satin tuxedo stood
out as luminous and edgy in a sea of black tuxedos
shown from other designers. Though the music says
“leave those kids alone,” Gustavo’s
girl is all grown up.
For more information about Gustavo
Arango, log onto: gustavoarango.com