December 16, 2013 New York
With three major exhibitions this year, it's no wonder that James Turrell's reverie-inducing LED fixtures have inspired multiple fashion labels, including, most recently, Escada. The famed artist's plays on light and hues were a fitting reference given the brand's history of experimenting with bold color combinations, and the latest lineup featured saturated "skyspace" shades like blue sapphire, pink tourmaline, and purple tanzanite. Those jewel tones were incorporated into such pieces as draped charmeuse tops and matching cigarette pants, as well as a color-blocked fur coat with detachable leather sleeves. Elsewhere, design director Daniel Wingate and co. spotlighted Escada's heritage leopard spots on outerwear items, a statement-making tuxedo, and even a long-sleeve evening dress. Other highlights here included tailored separates decorated with mirrored accents that resembled shards of glass; a fun, feathered LBD; and a slim column gown with a panel of shimmering copper sequins down the front. Those looks brought back a bit of Escada's familiar flash, which had been largely absent for several seasons.