December 15, 2010 New York
The Thomas Crown Affair (the 1968 original with Faye Dunaway) was an affair to remember for Luca Luca's Raul Melgoza. Inspired by the heist flick, a perennial favorite among designers despite the fact that its vitality and glamour are basically impossible to replicate, he turned out boxy gabardine shifts and a double-breasted cashmere coat with a swath of tonal leather around the waist. Houndstooth was the primary pattern in the mostly neutral collection. Sharp and graphic on a classic sheath, it showed up as a warped print on a secretary blouse and tuxedo trouser and again as a blown-up pattern in burnout velvet on a split-back shell. Melgoza is keen on designs that give the illusion of layering but are actually just one piece; his blazer has a built-in waistcoat, and high-waisted trousers looked like a corset worn over slim pants.
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