On the first official day of Fashion Week, we were all stunned to hear about the death of designer Lee McQueen. RIP Alexander McQueen. I spent a good portion of my day in the Meatpacking District, and stumbled across a makeshift vigil for the designer. The windows were papered over and a selection of deli flowers were placed in front of a small sign bearing the news.
Tamara and I made our way to Bryant Park Hotel for a showcase of American Indian fashion and accessories sponsored by the Unreserved American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance. The Loft at the hotel was a beautiful, sunny backdrop for six talented emerging designers. Being an accessories lover, I immediately fell for the inky clutch creations of Maya Stewart, who is currently enrolled in London College for accessory design. Crazy Snake Rebellion is the name of her socially-conscious collection and despite the urban-friendly colors of her pieces, the collection pays tribute to American Indian cultures and themes.
I didn't expect to love Keith Lissner's F/W '10 presentation as much as I did. Perhaps it was a little cruel to place models in front of a mock dining table during Fashion Week, but I enjoyed the subversive and strange mood overall. Some of the pieces were a bit misplaced (such as a look incorporating sheer puffed raspberry sleeves) in a lineup of otherwise enjoyable and wearable eveningwear for the social crowd. I especially loved the texture of a long, strapless silver and lace empire-waisted gown which made one woman standing next to me gasp in delight. Oh it was that good, my friends.
I wish Jen Kao would take more creative chances. She is really great with bodycon sexy pieces, such as paneled dresses (reminiscent of Preen) and for F/W '10, she continued her flirtation with longer dresses, including a black number with a sweeping train for the finale. There were many wearable sequins in the mix, chiefly a glittering gem of a tank loaded with silver fringe (want!) and a beautiful softly structured silver sequin dress trimmed in black with rounded shoulders. She used a lot of leather and fur in the show, but I would love to see what she does for the next season. Let's take it up a notch, Jen! We love your work!