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Akiki Ogawa debut @ New York Fashion Week 06 Fall Review

PJ Gach Freelance Writer


Fashion Features

NY Fashion Week: Akiko Ogawa
by PJ Gach
EDGE Style Contributor
Monday Feb 6, 2006

Ogawa stated in her press materials that she was inspired by Jacques Henri Lartigue’s photographs of 20’s Parisian Society. Hence, I was expecting chic dresses perhaps cut on the bias with a slightly boyish look. What I got was skirts that were pegged to look like pregnant lampshades and an overabundance of formal wear.

Okay, most people do spend their time indoors in the winter, but not every night is Prom night. And that’s just how some of those formals appeared; wide, heavy skirting with bodices that didn’t seem complementary to the female form.

Evening dresses had an interesting surprise..leggings. Not just for dancers, or those who yearn for the 80’s. Leggings are being seen under dresses and skirts in many shows. But to pair silver leggings with a chiffon pleated dress isn’t sophisticated or charming. Throwing a jersey shirt together with a peg top skirt (it made the model look as if she needed emergency liposcution) and leggings is a great look for a toddler; not for an adult.

Some of her clothes looked like re-worked ideas from the 70’s with floppy bowties at the neck of blouses, and just appeared not to be wearable.

It’s a shame when a woman can’t design for women. You’d think as an owner of that body type, she’d know instinctively what is flattering and what is not.

Fuckability factor: With leggings? What are you thinking?

Goodiebag: A velvety silk flower that’s also a pen. Great for 12 year olds.

PJ Gach is a Contributing Writer for the Style Section of the EDGE group of publications. She’s a Manhattanite, a proud dog owner, gal about town and freelance writer. Some of the publications her pieces have appeared in are The New York Post, Rolling Stone (web & mag), Ingenue Magazine and Drill magazine. In her spare time, she rescues orphaned shoes.

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