Tie Me Up, Dye Me Down

Bad idea for Fall '07: Proclaiming you will "bring sexy back," then giving us a runway of miniskirts, black tights, and girls who can't walk in thei
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Bad idea for Fall '07: Proclaiming you will "bring sexy back," then giving us a runway of miniskirts, black tights, and girls who can't walk in their shoes. You know who you are. Good Idea for Fall '07: Saying relatively little, then introducing tie dye on your runway. It's cool for a few reasons - there's a practical element in dip-dyed fabric, where the actual shape of your figure isn't so important. Maybe more exciting is the subversion: tie dye goes two places, a Grateful Dead concert or a preschool art class. In fact, I still have the tie dye t-shirt I made when I was four. Turning the treatment into something so luxe brings wit to clothes in a realistic way - unlike the laugh out loud outfits of Jeremy Scott, or even Gareth Pugh. The tie dye revival began on Miuccia Prada's Fall '04 runways, then hit Vera Wang's evening gowns in Fall '06. This season, we've already got two contenders: Oprah's favorite cutie, Adam Lippes (of Adam + Eve fame, left) and British designer Amanda Wakely (right). Who's next in Milan?

Prada shows tie-dye in their Fall '04 collection... the same collection where they showed a new girl named Gemma Ward...

Vera Wang brought tie-dye to evening wear for Fall '06...

Adam Lippes is the latest American designer to give it a go...

Amanda Wakely is a favorite of British Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman - here's her recent take on tie dye from yesterday's catwalk...

Allegra Hicks goes for the dip dye effect, bringing us a cross between Klimt and The Lady of the Lake...