February 22, 2000
Midnight blue, Afghanistan blue, China blue, Prussian blueKrizia's collection demanded one word: blue. The effect was strangely hypnotic, forcing the audience to look more closely than usual at the cut and fit of the clothes. Tailored jackets and coats sported small rounded shoulders and important collars, while simple rectangles of fabric were worn as wraparound cloaks, with two side slits as armholes. Sheer pareos and scarves were layered and used as skirts. A welcome chromatic respite came in the form of tie-dyed spirals of white on cashmere knits, but the real surprise arrived at the end of the show: the sea of azure was interrupted by a series of jeweled evening dresses in peach, orange and rust that looked absolutely dazzling.