Kris Van Assche sends out desert-ready winter show

 Polo Ralph LaurenPARIS – Kris Van Assche looked to the Sahara for a fall-winter ready-to-wear collection Wednesday that was more about covering up — and revealing — than keeping warm.

The caftan, a North African garment whose flowing lines shroud women’s bodies and protect against scorching temperatures, was the star piece of the show.

In dark-hued diaphanous silks, one with a black-on-black snakeskin pattern, the caftans flirted with transparency. As the models moved, their bodies showed through the thin material, which was sometimes layered over razor-cut flannel trousers or paired with rows of chunky metallic necklaces.

“It’s about the world’s deserts, in Morocco, Peru and Africa,” Van Assche told The Associated Press in a backstage interview.

Balloon-cut safari trousers were tucked into lace up booties with towering heels that would have made for a nightmarish trek in the sands of the Sahara.

A sheer silk button-down shirt with opaque pockets placed strategically over the bust was tucked neatly into pants cut wide through the seat and hips and tapered tightly through the calf.

Blazers, vests and trench coats dispensed with buttons, wrapping around the waist in generous, haphazard folds.

That look was borrowed from Van Assche’s menswear line — as were the Obi-Wan Kenobi hoods that sprouted from some of the caftans or fur-lined ones that were tacked onto blazers, in one of the designer’s few concessions to winter temperatures.

Virtually the whole collection was black — right down to the models’ foreheads, which looked like they’d been smeared with charcoal from the remains of a roaring desert campfire.

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~ by akosiemersonsy on March 6, 2009.

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