Beck stayed in the DJ booth, with two turntables and a microphone (of course), supporting his wife’s first fashion show from the sidelines with upbeat beach party tunes. Perhaps the simplicity of the cut in most of the line’s pieces was due to the beginner status of this first collection, or, perhaps it was to show off the high-quality texture and vibrantly colored fabric.
Showing off the beginnings of a trend for Spring ’08, hip-huggers are out and high-waisted skirts and shorts are in. One of the show’s featured pieces, worn above the bellybutton in true eighties style, a two-button beige silk pair of cuffed, deep-pocket shorts paired with a simple, satiny, scoop-necked blouse. The t-shirt dress ’08 trend seems to be another throwback from the eighties, yielding fun, sexy results. Aside from unicorns and alphabet letter prints, one shoulder-baring t-dress won favor with hands playing a guitar stretching from shoulder to hip.
Aside from silky shorts and t-shirt dresses, the focus of the show was on denim. The designers admitted to working eight months to fit the jeans to the models, and to their credit, it showed. Model Sarah Parr sported a classically Kros look of acid-wash, pastel yellow skinnies, paired with a braided teal, neon yellow, hot pink and beige belt and topped with a pajama-soft rainbow-print tee. Additionally, ankle-cinched, tapered, cropped and folded jeans walked down the catwalk in fits and astounding colors that are sure to make Gap-goers seek alternative threads. In an exclusive interview with Splash at the show’s after-party, Sarah Parr, a 21 year-old D.C. native, summed up the collection in two words: summery and girly. The blue-eyed beauty also modeled one of the show's other outstandingly unique looks, a full-piece swim suit checkered in blocks of alternating blue stripes and a red and white, large striped cover-up. The cover-up reappeared in sheer, bold yellow fabric over a feather-light cottony pink tank dress – perfect for wearing over a bathing suit at Culver Beach.
However, the suitcase of Whitley Kros was not restricted to the beach and boardwalk. Bulky blazers and silky blouses tucked into high-waisted skirts coupled comfort with sophistication, and sophistication with Caribbean blues, electric purple and plaids mixing the two. One model’s white fingernails matched the white buttons dotting a navy shirt, with three awkwardly placed, wallet-sized pockets. Scoop-necked, pleatless, formless blouses, reminiscent of 1980 women-in-the-workplace-wear make fashion look easy, and the collection appeared funky and whimsical, as well as a bit nostalgic.
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