Valentine’s started with Sally LaPointe presenting her FW17 collection in a digital installation format, models projected on life-size screens posing from different angles for a magical effect. Metallic pants, fur-trimmed thick turtleneck sweaters, a metallic trench coat, and cracked leather biker jackets were part of a luxe daytime wardrobe. Velvet was seen in pants, camisoles, and a pocket on a sweater. Slanted feather trims, side peplums, and pockets accentuated the feminine silhouette. The styles were clearly referencing 40s Hollywood divas, especially some dazzling embellishments on a suit and on dresses’ shoulders. Sequined pencil midi skirts were mixed with chunky knit sweaters. Perforated velvet pants enhanced elegant sheerness. A trench coat with gradient feather sleeves was among my favorite pieces. Black & white leopard motif was presented as a day-to-evening ‘femme fatale’ choice. A mixed fluffy fur coat in natural hues, was a statement piece. For the evening black and magenta were dominant in the color palette, including a crystal encrusted black cape and a daring lace panel dress diagonally revealing midriff. For the day teal, army green, and dove grey mean sophistication.
Zac Posen invited us into his old showroom, for an exhibition-style presentation featuring his muses wearing the FW17 collection in art-inspired poses. The designer welcomed industry insiders in a gallery-looking space and the collection proved to be superb, incorporating many of the core elements of the brand.
Mimi Prober clearly showed her love for artisanal details, vintage elements, and pieces that appreciate the history of various manufacturing processes.
The Blonds was a only show that started with considerable delay, yet it was really worth it. Dancer costumes, sparkly details, and in general performance cloths made as think of various music stars’ upcoming concerts and tour and mostly their stage-worthy looks.