New York City Fashion Week Spring 09: Rock & Republic

What: Rock & Republic Runway Show, Tent at Bryant Park, New York City Fashion Week Spring 09

The Lowdown: If Rock & Republic has its way, everyone this spring will be seeing things in black and white. Literally. This collection is all about edge, and it doesn’t really matter if it’s Springtime it seems—the rocker sensibility, in both palette and form, prevails. For the women, it’s all about super skinny pants (some apparently in spandex), body-hugging skirts and dresses, and a zipper here and a few strategically placed ruffles there for good measure. While a few dresses gave us something a little more flowy and feminine to hold onto, on the whole, the collection is about rockin’ the female form—assuming it’s long, lean, and moves with an attitude. Once again, the big black belt is front and center, and the clutch—in black of course—is always close at hand.


Budget Solution: While the Rock & Republic look isn’t for everyone, there are elements we can all bring to our Spring wardrobe. Black and white is dramatic and easy to pull together, especially here where it mostly takes the form of solid separates—so slim white pants and a black satiny blouse will do the trick. Add a black belt, a pair of black high-heeled sandals (check out the sale sandals at Aldo) and one of those ubiquitous black clutches (grab one on the cheap at Target) and you are rock-ready for whatever Spring throws at you.

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