by Matt Chu
No stranger to vibrant colors and modern American elegance, b. Michael accentuated his aesthetics by placing heavy emphasis on the architecture of the clothing. Ranging from diamond paneled dresses to wool coats exaggerated with geometric collars and sleeves, there is an edgy touch to the brand’s sportswear. Alternating long red and black leather gloves that add a classic, 1950s glamour above and beyond the traditional eveningwear seen this season. Although the gloves appear eccentric on some looks, it is perhaps the eclectic factor that adds more dimension and addedflare for the runway.
With Mardis Gras season around the corner, the annual Venetian carnival arrived early with the requisite evening gowns in the show’s lieneup. The models wore ornate Venetian masks that matched the colors of each respective dress. With an affinity towards trumpet dresses this season, b Michael varied the designs by using different textures and gradients of silver. The final crimson silk cloque ball gown reflected a satin, silver-like quality, creating a dynamic ending with other highlights like the metallic Godet gown and the low waist gown sewn with metallic graphic panels. As total sophistication is not complete without fur and a date, there were sporadic visits from mink stoles and men in shawl-collared suits that made the carnival in New York City a festive one.