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                                                                                                                          Fall 2012

                                                                                                                          Allude Fall 2012

                                                                                                                          WORDS - NOEL DUAN, PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALLUDE

                                                                                                                          Luxurious cashmere knits are no longer just for hoity-toity ladies who lunch (or brunch, if your locality is Manhattan)—German designer Andrea Karg has dedicated her Allude Fall 2012 collection to the feisty, bohemian girl who prefers her cocktails at night. Karg started her label about 20 years ago with a figure-hugging V-neck cashmere shirt, versatilely available in 15 colors. 

                                                                                                                          With a hint of 1920s Old Hollywood glamour, Karg uses cashmere in a multitude of ways in the collection—from fine wafer-knit cashmeres to opulent multi-ply textures, from hot pink to deep burgundy. Observers at the show would carefully note the shimmering sequins that are scattered throughout the looks, but mostly concentrated in the thin knit scarves wrapped with ease around the neck. The zigzag stokings, made exclusively by Falke for Allude, complemented the assymetrical colorblocking on many of the dresses and tops.

                                                                                                                          A black-and-orange zigzag fringed sweater, paired with giant gold earring hoops, is playful without appearing too shabby-chic for the luxury-loving Allude lady. Large cashmere scarves were worn as skirts, and cashmere sweatpants didn’t look out of place with high-heeled boots. Karg takes loungewear to a new dimension with this collection, as the party girl who’s had one-too-many gin-and-tonics at Le Baron last night could easily stumble out of bed in her cashmere leggings and march to brunch without an outfit change.