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New York Fashion Week: soft silhouettes at Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang

Soft silhouettes led the way at New York Fashion Week with Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang both embracing the look for spring 11. Meanwhile Tommy Hilfiger’s 25th anniversary catwalk was an ode to the preppy style that earned him his fame.

After garnering much press attention for autumn 10, all eyes were on Victoria Beckham’s follow up spring 11 collection, where femininity ruled with soft silhouettes sensually draped and knotted at the waist or hip.

Full skirts flared out from belted waists and when the waist wasn’t drawn in, 1960s inspired shift dresses that stopped just above the knee came with delicate capped sleeves.

Royal purple, canary yellow and molten brown made for a rich colour palette with only scatterings of white and black.

Asymmetric necklines ran throughout and made for a more modern take on the 1950s and 1960s era from which Victoria Beckham took inspiration.

Unexpectedly Alexander Wang’s show had a light and airy feel. The palette was almost exclusively white except for dustings of peppermint and putty and was in sharp contrast to Wang’s dark autumn 10 collection.

Wide-leg trousers, soft shoulder jackets and slouchy knitted trousers led the way in a show that was characterised by layering and relaxed silhouettes.

Copper paint sporadically decorated trousers and skirts and metallic rain-protector-style jackets were in keeping with Wang’s sporty signature.

Tommy Hilfiger celebrated its 25 anniversary yesterday, and the all-American designer played to his strengths with a preppy Harvard look, with jumpers draped delicately over shoulders on women and golfing-style trousers for men.

For women, cropped piped blazers and shift tops were teamed with high-waist skater skirts or wide-leg trousers, which appear to be having a revival over the first days in New York.

Slouchy city shorts, bandeau tops and soft knitted skirts and tank tops illustrated a collection of predominantly separates for women.

There were both single- and doubled-breasted long-line jackets for men, with trousers stopping at the ankle or rolled up to show the ankle. Coloured trousers in red, pink and green also made a statement.

Pastel and sherbet shades integrated with Tommy Hilfiger’s typical red, white and blue palette. Prints and colours at times obviously clashed most notably on menswear giving a quirky edge to the classic silhouettes.

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