Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear
February 06, 2013 New York
Every 15 years or so, Norma Kamali cleans out her closet. Perhaps it was the recent purge of her personal archives that got the designer thinking about her greatest hits—namely, the iconic "sleeping bag" coat that has been going strong since 1974. "Rihanna's been running around in them lately," Kamali pointed out at a run-through of her new Fall lineup, which includes several iterations of the padded nylon classic as well as plenty of other toppers. Outerwear highlights included a tapestry wrapper with vintage appeal, as well as an oversize patchwork number that looked like it could've been Laura Ashley for Comme des Garçons. Those were layered over little bias-cut velvet slips, which balanced out the jumbo proportions. Kamali has always championed versatility, and showed convertible items like an A-line quilted coat that doubles as a dress. "It's like Lucille Ball's take on Dior," Kamali said of the look, adding, "Eveningwear shouldn't be so precious, all of it should be mixed down." Mixing down is exactly what she did with a tulle overskirt that was styled with crisp stovepipe jeans and a bomber jacket. The result wasn't exactly red-carpet-ready, but it was still an interesting proposal that reminded why all these years later Kamali is still a creative contender in this industry.