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Vintage Escada

Escada revives vintage prints and launches new handbag to celebrate milestone birthday

Escada revives vintage prints to celebrate milestone anniversary

Escada resort look 22 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada resort collection blouse and contrasting slacks based on vintage Escada scarf patterns from the '60s and '70s. Photo courtesy of Escada
Escada resort look 36 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada resort collection sleeveless dress in bright orange. Photo courtesy of Escada
Houston, Escada, September 2015, ML40 handbag
The new Escada ML40 handbag. Photo courtesy of Escada
Escada spring summer look 1 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada spring summer 2016 collection floral pants and jacket. Photo courtesy of Escada
Escada resort look 2 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada resort collection black slacks and white blouse. Photo courtesy of Escada
Escada spring summer look 16 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada spring summer 2016 long black skirt and patterned jacket. Photo courtesy of Escada
Escada resort look 22 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada resort look 36 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Houston, Escada, September 2015, ML40 handbag
Escada spring summer look 1 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada resort look 2 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015
Escada spring summer look 16 at Elizabeth Anthony September 2015

NEW YORK — When you approach 40, there's always a little soul searching to do.

That's the approach Escada is taking as it comes up on a milestone birthday. Actually, the Munich-based luxury brand was founded in 1976 and launched its first collection in 1978, so it's planning a 40th celebration for the next two years. Isn't that the way it should be?

Fashion director Daniel Wingate used the opportunity to get back to the brand's DNA of "sporty luxury" in resort and spring 2016 collections that will be featured at the Generations of Glamour fashion show at Elizabeth Anthony Wednesday night and a trunk show Thursday through Saturday. He dipped into the archives, taking vintage Escada scarves from the '60s and '70s to create digitalized prints that capture a youthful spirit in patterned pants, jackets, tunics and skirts.

As usual, color is a big part of the Escada legacy and the upcoming season features bright shades of red, yellow and blue. "These are bold ladies. We don't have wallflowers," declared Escada executive Rebecca Evans as we toured the showroom during New York Fashion Week.

The collections also offer versatile statement pieces for the woman on the go. For daytime, tailored wide-legged trousers with a tie-neck blouse or jacket and day dresses in white, an eye-catching orange or in beige trench fabric offer a variety of options. The more fashion forward dresser can make a statement in white perforated leather gaucho pants paired with a crisp white wrap shirt.

For evenings, jersey gowns in pink, teal or black and white, a black satin suit with a crimson floral print and tuxedo-inspired jumpsuits suggest a cool elegance. And who can resist a pale blue wrap jumpsuit with a flowing train that evokes chic memories of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's? 

To celebrate its 40th, Escada is also introducing a new handbag, called the ML40, as an homage to founder Margaretha Ley. It comes in three sizes — mini, medi and maxi — and a range of luxurious materials, from hand-finished calf to exotic crocodile.