Nar­ciso Ro­driguez of­fers ‘no shenani­gans’ col­lec­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - JOCELYN NOVECK

If you’re look­ing for fuss and noise in your fash­ion, don’t go see Nar­ciso Ro­driguez.

Ro­driguez pre­sented a sleek, dis­ci­plined and beau­ti­fully tai­lored col­lec­tion Tues­day evening, thrilling fash­ion fans who might be weary­ing from some of the louder spec­ta­cles of New York Fash­ion Week, now in its clos­ing days.

And while some de­sign­ers sent overt mes­sages about the United States’ po­lit­i­cal and so­cial tur­moil — slo­gans on T-shirts, for ex­am­ple — Ro­driguez was happy to let his crafts­man­ship do the talk­ing.

“No shenani­gans any­where,” he said, sum­ming up his col­lec­tion.

“I think there’s so much fash­ion to­day and there’s so much theatre and that’s great,” he said in a back­stage in­ter­view. “But I guess what I am try­ing to say is that the cli­mate we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing has made me fo­cus on things that are prag­matic and real and beau­ti­fully made.”

Stand­out gar­ments in­cluded dresses and tops with lad­der-like cutouts in front, adding a bit of spice to the im­pec­ca­bly tai­lored look. There were cropped pants, a few filmy black tops, and shim­mer­ing pail­lette dresses. There were sleek cash­mere or wool coats in black, white, grey and cop­per, and a loosely fit­ting silk dress that looked im­pos­si­bly soft.

“I think every­thing that hap­pens in the world af­fects any cre­ator, any film­maker, ev­ery­one, and this is cer­tainly a time where I was fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing things that women were go­ing to be wear­ing in the fu­ture,” Ro­driguez said. “And hope­fully get­ting rid of any of the non­sense.”

He said he hoped to be mak­ing gar­ments that women would keep for­ever in their clos­ets.

“I think we have the ca­pa­bil­ity ... to cre­ate things that em­power peo­ple — not be­cause they’re wear­ing huge shoul­der pads, or im­prac­ti­cal things, or cos­tumes, but you can make peo­ple feel re­ally good by giv­ing them some­thing that they’ll trea­sure for their en­tire life, and they’ll want to keep in their wardrobe for­ever and, hope­fully, pass it on to their daugh­ter,” he said.

From the Nar­ciso Ro­driguez col­lec­tion shown at New York Fash­ion Week.

SLAVEN VLASIC, GETTY IM­AGES

KATHY WILLENS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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