123 West 18th Street, NYC
February 14th, 2009
Words, Backstage Images Judith Ecochard
Ever since Flora Gill and Alexa Adams made their mark on the NY Fashion scene at the Bumble & Bumble Salon catwalk shows, we have always looked forward to what these Parson grads/former Karl Lagerfeld employees are up to.
The latest collection, we feel, has major retail hit potential if the Heal the Economy Gods are spreading the love. Or if trendy women in splurge mode (like Ikram/Maria Luisa clients)--- are also in the mood to hit the late night scene beautifully attired because hey, they don’t have to get up early to go to work anymore.
All luxe 25 ensembles---in a dark palette of black/grey/browns- channeled biker chic with fitted, modern tailored silhouettes, diagonal metallic zippers that functioned as practical and visual accents, and urban warrior edgy, slashed knees on skinny pants softened up with slim draped wool jackets/blazers. There were some splashy intricately sewn Swarovski™ crystal loaded tops that managed to be 21st century…and would work for daytime wear in a fashion forward city.
Or anyplace really---just expect to be noticed.
A BUSY CALM!
Long straight hair ruled and the look was achieved with extensions or natural hair blown straight with a front chunk wrapped around the head and secured at the nape----like a head band.
The models’ faces featured a noticeable cheeks, white highlighter under the eyebrow, lightly rimmed eyes and pale, shiny lip gloss for a tough, dreamy sophisticated look. Calvin Klein (!!!) makeup dominated the backstage makeup kits.
Runway Images Source and for entire collection