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Marc Bouwer
Spring 2008 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Tents at Bryant Park
September 10, 2007

Written by Kim Weling
Photographed by Katherin Wermke



Marc Bouwer’s Spring 2008 collection “Le Voyage Vert” is explained as “the juxtaposition of geometric edges and flowing organicism.” Turquoise, moss, and coral colors immediately reminded me of the oceans in Tahiti or Fiji, filled with colorful fish and coral reefs. The collection showcased gowns, dresses and swimwear in a kaleidoscope of color, from a blue sea anemone print bandeau gown to an anaconda print bandeau strapped swimsuit. Aside from the vibrant colors of red, apple, chartreuse, green saffron, purple, and geometric prints, the palette also included black, white and copper. The collection was very detailed with beading, sequins and delicate draping in chiffon, satin, crepe, organza and jersey fabrics. Studded dotted-disc details and feathery tattering is also seen in some of the pieces. There was an endless array of dress and gown styles available - strapless, halter, tank, Grecian, shift, empire and bandeau. The collection didn’t just represent the ocean but other aspects of nature, including plants and trees. Key looks include a white draped bamboo halter cape-let dress, azure mosaic bustier trapeze dress, red and white scribble v-neck with draped waist, copper paisley push-up gown, Adriatic stone beaded asymmetrical gown, chartreuse silk jersey bikini top gown and satin and chiffon goddess gown with shredded cape-let. Bouwer’s spring collection is dazzling and flashy, suitable for many galas and red-carpet functions that I’m sure we’ll be seeing in the near future.


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