Orlandi’s lingerie-inspired collection was worn by bed-headed models who heated up the runway in peach-colored silk satin tops, skirts, and jackets that were ruched, strapped, and corset-laced every which way. (The most interesting variation on the theme was a shrunken cap-sleeved, ruched leather jacket worn by Alek Wek.) There was no shortage of South Beach-ready club wear, from skin-baring, open-backed tops and halters paired with flowing silk pants, to the pajama-style jumpsuits which closed the show. Orlandi also nodded to the goddess look, offering long jersey dresses like a one-shouldered piece worn by Oluchi. For those who like it hot (the audience included T-Boz, Seal, Tweet, Ingrid Casares, Garcelle Beauvais, Roberto Cavalli, and Anthony Kiedis) there was plenty to applaud.
Spring 2004 Ready-to-Wear
September 13, 2003 New York
On the heels of his all-black winter show, Luca Orlandi fervently embraced femininity and Mediterranean-inspired color for spring. His aim, he said, was "to create the effect of a summer dream," and the music—Love to Love You Baby mixed with Vive la Fête and some steamy, heavy-breathing numbers—made it clear exactly what kind of reverie the designer had in mind.
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