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Brief Published: 14 Sep 2011

NYFW: Geometric


Geometric shapes, prints and details have dominated the NYFW catwalks with numerous designers expanding on multiple angular lines and colour intersections.

BCBG Max Azria used arresting colour combinations in graphic lines and shapes to give flowing dresses and eveningwear a contemporary edge. Preen, Jen Kao and Derek Lam all used geometry-inspired prints featuring multiple cubes or circles - Lam’s circle and square repeat prints, for instance, offered retro appeal and provided a twist to the structured, preppy collection.

Geometric motifs have also brought the Art Deco aesthetic back into the fashion picture with both Marc Jacobs at Marc by Marc and Carolina Herrera referencing Bauhaus and the era's architectural angles.

In addition to geometric prints, corners and lines have been explored through shapes at neck and hemlines. Multi-strap necklines at Helmut Lang created triangular shapes, while both Altuzarra and Donna Karan used colour-blocking shapes to contour bodycon dresses and draw the eye over the body in a calculated way. Carolina Hererra's collection offers several developments of geometrics, with knits, embellishment, prints and cut work all channelling the new angular spirit.

NYFW concludes on September 15 2011.

New York Fashion Week