“I don’t want to be downtown cool,” insisted Josie Natori, who unapologetically explained that her fall collection is the most opulent and expensive she’s ever done. “Every look has to be special. Otherwise, who needs it?”


That attitude informed her glamorous evening lineup, shown off in the perfect venue: Doubles at The Sherry Netherland. For those ladies who’ve tired of understatement, Natori gave lavish alternatives: a fluid skirt in a lapis-and-black jacquard silk with a black lace-appliquéd bodysuit, or an exquisite long, black-crepe halter dress with a sheer, embroidered lace skirt.


There were ballgowns with bold faceted rhinestones; sleek crocodile-embossed satin pantsuits; a strapless gold silk tunic over lean pants, and some short, flirty looks — all of which, Natori admitted, “I’m finding more challenging and exciting than anything I’ve ever designed.”

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