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Narciso Rodriguez Walks on Water

Fluidity mixed with construction at Rodriguez's spring show.

The dress that put Narciso Rodriguez on the map was a white column — simple, stark, elegant — worn by Carolyn Bessette at her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. And for years that aesthetic, artistic uptown minimalism, has come to define the Narciso Rodriguez brand in the eyes of consumers. But for spring, Rodriguez is courting a new group of fans: downtown girls.

With the fluidity of water as a starting point, Rodriguez crafted floating cocktail dresses with colored bead embroidery, as well as dresses and separates with a focus on simple geometric accents. The color palette veered from classic black and white into purples, pinks, teals and oranges, and with pointed toe mules, Rodriguez's girls looked like they were ready to take on the dance floor at Westway.

The kohl liner, "I woke up like this" hair and sleek tailoring added to the party feel of the clothes, but in no way did that detract from their elegance (or functionality). Pants were high waisted with a tab front and paired with barely there camisoles, while the coolest look might have been a white long sleeve top with a black crossover collar tucked into skinny black trousers —bold enough for the dance floor and appropriate for the office. 

Rodriguez also showed statement gemstone necklaces and good looking handbags. All in all, Rodriguez brought the fun to his line, and we're thinking the payoff is going to be the swarms of 20-somethings with spending power in his stores come spring.

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