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NYC Fashion Week: Catching Up With LUCA LUCA

February 9, 2011 11:25 PM

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High-end women’s clothing line LUCA LUCA will take the stage Thursday afternoon as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hits New York City. CBSNewYork caught up with Raul Melgoza, the line’s creative director, to talk trends, hot topics and Project Runway. By Brooke Sager.

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Long And Light…And Heavy

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Sharp, defined pieces are one trend that seems to be reoccurring in the latest fall fashion pieces, and LUCA LUCA won’t be an exception.

“A lot of the pieces will be tailored,” he said.

Another trend this designer is looking forward to?

“I love the idea of a longer length,” Melgoza said. “For a long time we were seeing a lot short shorts, and I like demure sophistication of an on or below-the-knee length.”

LUCA LUCA is also trying to incorporate lightweight materials with heavyweight fabrics to make clothing become more year-round.

“I think it’s nice to have that mix of light and heavy, even in the wintertime,” Melgoza said. “You’ll have those days where you don’t have to be layered.”

Colors

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It seems most designers and fashion experts are guaranteeing color is going to be the big thing this fall.

“We had many seasons with no or very little color, especially fall,” said Melgoza. “It’s almost a given that most people gravitate towards showing darker color.”

As for exactly which hues will be big, Melgoza promises the LUCA LUCA line will feature attention grabbers like fuschia and orange.

“There’s a lot of the natural tones as well,” he said. “The ochres, the olives and browns and a little bit of gray.”

Is It Just Like Project Runway?

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With Fashion Week about to swing into full force in the Big Apple, you may wonder: Is this industry really as cutthroat and intense as it seems on TV?

“I feel to a certain degree, [what you see on television] is chaotic and does reflect the crazy industry and its demands,” Melgoza said. “But obviously it’s also about creating stories and characters, so I think some of it gets a little too ‘for show.’”

In fact, this designer said he doesn’t even watch those shows.

“I think there are some elements that do translate to reality and there are some aspects that are just for drama.”

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Brooke Sager is a freelance writer specializing in beauty, fashion and entertainment. She writes at HIHEELZ.

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