February 07, 2005
Chaiken has come a long way, baby, since the collection launched ten years ago in January at Barneys New York. Originally known for fab-fitting pants, the line Julie Chaiken and her creative director, Jeff Mahshie, showed for fall, had plenty of fashion flair. In addition to familiar and dependable basicsfrom V-necks and cardigan jackets to slim Capris and full-cuffed trousersthere were this season's must-have tulip skirts, Empire-waist coats, and colors that positively popped. One highlight among several charming evening numbers: a sapphire velvet cocktail frock cinched with a forest-green extra-wide obi that would look great on Chaiken devotee and front-row guest Mary-Louise Parker.