Sizzling Sweater-Look Offered By Marcasiano and Adri
NEW YORK (AP) _ Fans of sweater queens Mary Jane Marcasiano and Adri will sizzle this spring because these designers are offering long and short, baring and daring styles that are, in a word, hot.
The Marcasiano collection leans toward the lean with plenty of midriff- baring knit bandeaus teamed with clingy, thigh-high minis and silky, form- fitting knits for evening that leave little to the imagination.
Adri doesn’t go quite so far but her clingy mock-turtleneck tops and short skirts that accent the hips and derriere are a far cry from past collections that featured roomy sweaters and circle skirts.
Marcasiano’s knit minis and short shorts - in sienna, azure, and gold - were shown with bow-tied, knit bandeaus and topped by knit, wide-striped dusters - a nice change from the usual linen and cotton offerings.
Stripes appeared again in a set of azure on white and melon on white ankle- length, knit chemises that discreetly follow the female form. The only accent was a low-slung belt, tied or braided across the buttocks.
The lone exceptions to the mini were seen in Marcasiano’s long knit skirts with kicky box pleats below the knees. These were teamed with body-conscious tops and long, loose cardigans for a breezy, St. Tropez look.
If Marcasiano’s styles belong in France’s trendy fun city, Adri’s would be perfect at the beach on Cape Cod.
Knife-pleated walking shorts and knee-skimming skirts done in subtle beiges and creams are used in prints with willowy names like dune grass, nomad stripes and sand tracks.
Splashes of black and white mingled with touches of grass green on linen hopsack artfully resemble real dunes and are enough to put the wearer in a beachcomber mood.
Shorts, skirts and wide-legged pants in the dune print are teamed with matching short jackets or see-through solids in colors like tangerine and aquamarine.
Adri’s jackets were generally short and loose with a single, softly folded back-pleat and blouson sleeves drawn tight at the wrists. Sweaters and knit tops were generally in solids and either drapey T-shirt styles or form-fitting mock-turtlenecks.
Cool vivid colors like an aquamarine skirt with waist wrap and lemon turtleneck sweater covered by a see-through, yellow jacket were also shown.
Marcasiano dramatically plunges into nighttime with a solid black set of sleeveless, scoop- and halter-neck knits so sheer and hugging they were nearly indecent.
But she also offers tiny pleated long skirts with lurex knit sweaters and some mint, buttercup and peach ensembles featuring uneven fringed hems and bow-tied sleeves.
Adri generally hangs loose for evening with extra-wide, silk lounging pants in the dune and sand track prints, plunging V-sweaters and short, organza jackets.
For variations on the sweater, she offered one wrapped and tied in a front bow across the hips and another glittery, tunic-style, slit waist-high up the the sides.
And in keeping with the season, both offered shorts for formalwear.
Marcasiano’s were jacquard prints with camisole knit tops and long smoking jackets while Adri’s were black jersey bicycle shorts with a hip-wrapped sweater and organza jacket.