Karolina Zmarlak updated her sleek, modernist aesthetic by channeling the Victorian era for fall. (She said she became inspired while watching Showtime’s British-American horror series “Penny Dreadful.”)

“The collection has that Victorian moodiness and a dark sensibility, but also femininity,” Zmarlak explained. “It has a more dressed-up feeling.” The designer’s silhouettes are instantly recognizable for their precise tailoring and structured feel, but this lineup featured a few looks with softer touches, such as a white crepe dress with an allover black tulle overlay or a silk tunic top with lace insets. She also stepped up her exotics, offering a ponyskin shell and skirt set, a detachable springbok fur vest on a cashmere coat, and the pièce de résistance: a black alligator jacket dyed in upstate New York. Zmarlak’s customers, loyalists to her brand of understated drama, will find plenty to love here.

By  on February 19, 2015

Karolina Zmarlak updated her sleek, modernist aesthetic by channeling the Victorian era for fall. (She said she became inspired while watching Showtime’s British-American horror series “Penny Dreadful.”)

“The collection has that Victorian moodiness and a dark sensibility, but also femininity,” Zmarlak explained. “It has a more dressed-up feeling.” The designer’s silhouettes are instantly recognizable for their precise tailoring and structured feel, but this lineup featured a few looks with softer touches, such as a white crepe dress with an allover black tulle overlay or a silk tunic top with lace insets. She also stepped up her exotics, offering a ponyskin shell and skirt set, a detachable springbok fur vest on a cashmere coat, and the pièce de résistance: a black alligator jacket dyed in upstate New York. Zmarlak’s customers, loyalists to her brand of understated drama, will find plenty to love here.

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