It rocked, it rolled. It swung from high romance to tough chic à la the Nineties. But one thing’s for sure: Nothing beats the diversity seen here during fashion week.

Veteran Atil Kutoglu offered some fresh additions to his traditional lineup. Namely, his drop-waisted tops and a sexy black knit dress offered a nice balance to the darker mood of the shiny black leather pleated jackets and skirts. At first glance, David Rodriguez’s clothes seemed tailored and almost conservative. But a closer view revealed his light-handed way with unusual ornamentation, especially with an Eastern flavor — little silver bells trimming a gray pantsuit or a silvery tulle dress. Occasionally, details like beaded flowers or fur collars overwhelmed otherwise flattering lines, but usually, the effect was lovely and ladylike.

Meanwhile, Fusha’s Marie Claudinette Jean turned her runway into more of a happening by enlisting husband Wyclef Jean and Foxy Brown to perform at her show. Then the models strutted in fitted leather jackets, miniskirts and jumpsuits. There was a real emphasis on eveningwear with lots of gowns, such as an artistic shredded dress in black and a chic long-sleeved gown in red brocade.

Pamela Roland’s collection has improved considerably over past seasons. For fall, she showed two great-looking stretch-leather jackets and a black sleeveless jersey top over a tulle skirt, but there was little news here. Ditto Gustavo Arango’s beautiful silk satin halter gown with an elongated torso and a couple of terrific crinkled chiffon shirts.

One thing is for sure, Jennifer Nicholson has guts, sending out a fevered parade of lamé, tulle, fur and even a flock’s worth of peacock feathers. Party dresses were her focus, and they reflected the bravado of Bollywood musicals in their metallic trims, oversized paisleys and saturated gem tones. Her clothes are not for the faint of heart, the elegant, nor the quietly chic. However, amid the frenzy of safety yellow fur and breast-baring gowns, there were some wonderfully flirty looks that dabbled in excess but were wearable, too.

Twinkle by Wenlan’s Wenlan Chia is known for her quirky knits. This season, she took them one step further, mixing them with soft chiffons and textured tweeds. The result was a line packed with feminine charm — woodland intarsia sweaters, knotted and braided jackets, floral-print dresses, a hand-knit pom-pom cardigan and a some woven Lurex numbers to add extra shine. Another designer to move forward was Mary Ping. Sure, the deconstructed T-shirts still made an appearance, but so did a great boxy Donegal vest paired with leggings and a funky black velvet dress that had a puzzle-like cutout at the neck. Also known for an offbeat style, Brazilian designer Geova delivered more of his signature pieced-together looks, some of them wacky and over the top, but still relatively wearable.

To access this article, click here to subscribe or to log in.

To Read the Full Article
SUBSCRIBE NOW

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus