What: Presentation of Escada fall collection.
Where: Escada showroom during New York Fashion Week.
The look: Sporty luxury has always been a hallmark of Escada, so it's not surprising that as the brand approaches its 40th anniversary, designer Daniel Wingate has looked to the archives to remaster key pieces like blanket coats, cropped trousers and day dresses in strong shades of blue, yellow, green and red. Wingate even purchased vintage Escada lettered print pieces on eBay and recreated the design into a multicolored pullover.
Wingate also masters the use of fabrics. Chic Chanel-like basketweave jackets incorporate six different colors of tanned nappa leather, jazzy black and grey zebra print jackets, capes and sweaters are made of a supersof double flannel jacquard, and a kicky '60s-style mini dress shines in herringbone lace with Lurex 3-dimensional yarns.
Outwear is varied too, from a sleeveless full-length lambswool vest with contrasting pockets to high-neck satin evening coats like something style icon Audrey Hepburn would have worn.
"Desk to dinner" dressing: As usual in the Escada collection, virtually everything is designed to go from the day to night with minimal effort. Throw on a fitted jacket over a dress or jumpsuit for work; ditch the jacket and add a jeweled belt for an evening event. Oversize V-neck sweaters and blouses with a scoop neckline offer the option of being more covered up in the office but can be be pulled down a bit to reveal some shoulder at night.
Trunk show: Elizabeth Anthony will be featuring looks from the fall collection at a trunk show at the Uptown Park store Thursday through Saturday (April 7-9).