>The GOTTEX spring 2010 Collection -Designer Molly Grad’s 1st showing

15 Sep

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TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY
Photos by Kristian Dowling, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

TIME & PLACE:
Monday, September 14, 2009, just before 7:30
The big Tent at Bryant Park, NYC

The suspense is finally over, we’ve been waiting since July to see what Gottex’s new Design Director, MOLLY GRAD and LISA F. PLINER put together for this debut collection. Apparently, so did a lot of other fashionistas – the big Tent was 100% full and then some with the overflow crunched into the sparse standing room.
The program notes promised “ a modern interpretation that would take a modern direction without forsaking the brand’s DNA”.
The 1st set – an exclusively white collection of graceful Grecian inspired maillots and bikinis accessorized with gold mesh ankle strap cone heeled sandals and headscarves did just that. The 2nd set of nude and gold suits and cover-ups make for easy solutions to warm weather dressing. We’ve always love Gottex’s matched cover-ups and happily, they remained part of the equation. The butterscotch patent leather one shoulder maillot is a show stopper as is the battle ship gray one, especially if you’ve got a good tan going. The paint spatter print was less effective in blue suit wise but worked well as a chiffon cover-up. The wide belts with large hammered gold buckles added some zing to the well-cut navy and black solid suits. Our favorite, the black shirred strapless suit that had cutouts under the bra and the 2 piece high waisted bottom with underwire top with cap sleeves. The heavily ornamented black suits at the end called for a full ball gown skirt or satin tux pants to go with them. Perhaps that is how the designer intends us to wear them. WE left wondering if this was Gottex dipping its toes into something new – perhaps a small evening wear collection in the future?

To view more of Gottex’s designs, visit www.gottexswimsuits.com

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