Clad in a Gorilla costume, Phillipe Blond uncorked the collection by creeping down the runway until, in step with the soundtrack, she shed the beast and stomped down the catwalk in a gold-studded mini dress. With that, the tone was set and extravagant creations flooded the runway, each look outdoing its forerunner with lavish fur boas, uber tight corsets and sparkling jewels. The designer duo of David and Phillipe clearly knows how to put on a show, and their collection is not for the timid or conservative kind. Fabric accented the ornate gems adorning waist-clasping girdles in honor of the sensual female form. Guests, too, paraded around the venue in confident attire – killer male legs rocked tight leather leggings and stilettos, threatening to upstage the hauntingly stylish females in the audience. Don’t believe us? Check out the daring fashions here or view The Blonds collection here.
February 19, 2010
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Crammed in the New York Public Library with Gossip Girl celebs and Mena Suvari sitting front row, anticipation for Jill Stuart’s F/W 2010 collection pervaded the space. Despite a few model glitches, this season’s designs were up to par, threaded together with an authoritative vibe. Strutting down the catwalk in knee-high black and green lace up boots, oversized army shirts, dramatic asymmetry and bulky knits dominated the catwalk. Colors were limited to black, red, green, and purple, interspersed with Scottish navy and green plaid juxtaposed with lip-printed silk blouses and mini frocks. To underscore the girl power of the collection bold shoulders were paired with loud military belts and sprinkled with sparkles. Tying it all together were intermittent updates on the top hat, rounded to resemble the British police force, along with short velvet dresses leaving little to the imagination.
Renowned for launching the careers of designers like Alexander Wang, Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation‘s fashion show impressed guests at the tents again this season. The amalgamation of creators made for an interesting show, arraying lavish boas, stark contrasts, sheer frocks, draped jersey, 70’s jump suits, exposed zippers and lots of skin. Keep an eye on the participants: The Blonds, Prova, Prabal Guruno, Siki Im, Altuzarra, Salvor & Organic – their collections are worth saving up for!