Saturday evening stands out in particular during this year’s NYFW, not only due to the impressive innovation that Norwegian fashion designer, Elise Øverland put into her Fall/Winter 2011 Collection, but also due to the manner in which she creatively decided to present it – via an icy, live skating rink event, complete with a pretty sizeable icicle-igloo installation. Real ice-skaters were hired and outfitted in Øverland’s ballet-and-70’s-workout wear-inspired collection comprising of a unique selection of overcoats, medium-to-short length cocktail-like dresses, and two-piece ensembles that cross somewhere between functionality, wearability, and a funky sense of style. Purple and white fur vests (and a black/grey full shaggy high-waisted skirt), fitted patterned silky coats, leather tops, and accents of colored plastic scarves and mini over-skirts. Øverland’s ice-skating presentation may have been slightly more memorable than the actual clothes, but left an impression that will last much longer than the ice will.
– Rose Lou