"I love beauty above all else," Helga Oppenheimer confesses.
"My greatest love is art--if it's good."
The veteran Los Angeles designer includes what she calls a Gauguin silk print in her fall collection. It's a two-piece dress, splashed with bright color, the overblouse caught at the waist in a bow.
"I found the fabric in Italy and went crazy over it," she says, "because it reminded me of Gauguin."
The designer, who recently showed her fall looks at Bullocks Wilshire, includes more fluid shapes this season, incorporating yards of fabric for opulent evening dresses and for longer daytime skirts cut on the bias.
The line includes all the designer's standards--tailored dresses and trim little suits--but with a difference. There are fewer shifts this time, and suits are more fitted at the waist, wider in the skirt. Shoulders are padded but not boxy. Wool abounds for day, silk for night.