Veronika Brusa created quite a conceit for the Berenik fall collection. It certainly was a change from the endless runway shows and more casual presentations held during Fashion Week. Brusa is also a painter, and she chose to set the stage by placing her abstract paintings on a large swath of the wall and floor, on which 50 men and women — many of them dancers — “modeled” the collection in a semblance of dramatically choreographed modern dance movement. The designer got her point across: “I love to see real people in my clothes,” she explained, but that choice may not have been what was best for the clothes. Bodysuits, leggings, jumpsuits and oversize sweaters were right at home here; shown in silk and rayon panne velvet or satin, some of the pieces were more than just functional. Brusa’s most impressive looks were her stark cardigan coats in nude or ivory wool and a great looking, long, easy jacket in a black watch plaid. Sure, these were items not indicative of the collection, but they made it clear that “real people” can wear beautiful clothes.

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