Narciso Nostalgia

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Narciso Rodriguez’s chic minimalist collections never fail to be awe-inspiring. In my opinion, however, none are comparable to his Spring 2003 collection (well, maybe we can sneak in that white dress from Fall 2003). Rodriguez’s garments resemble an architect’s blueprints, with a strong attention to detail that gives the somewhat simple silhouettes an impeccably tailored fit. The garments are often deconstructed into several portions, with this collection featuring strong arcs and lines using a minimal palette of black and white, and the occasional pink or red.

The designer is credited with creating muse Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s iconic wedding dress that sparked many imitations and launched him to fame. Bessette was an in-house publicist for Calvin Klein, where Rodriguez once worked, yet he soon left the company to launch his own line, which debuted in 2007. This collection showcases his early, and more literal approach to accentuating a woman’s figure that contrasts with the more abstract silhouettes of his more recent collections. Rodriguez has transformed the basics (see that little black dress on Natalia Vodianova, below) from boring standards to standout pieces.

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Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. on their wedding day (R), along with Rodriguez's sketch of the iconic dress (L).

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. on their wedding day (R), along with Rodriguez’s sketch of the iconic dress (L).

Photos courtesy of Style.com, Stylebistro.com, and Fashionista.com

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