INSPIRATION: Sleek minimalism mashed with killer accessories (unsurprising, considering that Krakoff is the Coach kingpin)
TOP LOOKS: So many! Gold chain-mail wrap dress with black band at the side; white-faced linen jacket with matching pants
ACCESSORIES: Superb cigarette-heel sandals with toe ring and bleached boar's hair around the ankles; oversize python-skin "gym bags"; square satchels with silver accents; obi belts; boar's hair bracelets; sterling-silver punk cuffs and bangles; large knotted rope bracelets and necklaces by Christian Astuguevieille
WHO WAS THERE: Julianne Moore in sky-high shearling sandals; Martha Stewart photographing said heels with camera phone
WHAT WE THOUGHT: After launching his namesake collection for Fall 2010, Reed Krakoff recently and quietly opened a smattering of boutiques in New York City, Las Vegas, and Tokyo stocked with his well-made wares. The typical designer doesn't do such things, but then again, Krakoff is no stranger to the retail business. His 14-year tenure as creative director of Coach has made him a viable industry force.
The good news is that if you're ready to spend some hefty change at any of Krakoff's stores, you'll get timeless, quality goods in exchange. As was in evidence at his Spring 2011 show, where models stomped by in everything from white linen suits to leather trench coats, and from long nude-color wrap dresses to gold chain-mail garments that will add knockout sparkle to your wardrobe for years to come.
Packing extra punch was a killer assortment of accessories: boar's-hair-lined bracelets and ankle cuffs of stacked-wood-heel shoes, plus divine square satchels that were great for night or day. And personally, I want to belong to the health club where one could carry the silver python "gym back" and not feel out of place.
And don't forget to check out our Backstage Beauty coverage of the show.
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