Thursday, March 18, 2010


Altman Building, West 18th Street, NYC

New York Fashion Week

Words/Images Judith Ecochard/

A country girl running through the forest” was designer/Mott Street boutique owner Mona Kowalska’s inspiration for her A Détacher Fall 2010 RTW collection…a “Lady Redneck.”

Well, we grew up amongst stereotypical rednecks and wouldn’t exactly deem this sophisticated mixture of Woolrich plaids, 

tweeds, lightweight Peruvian knits in camel color beige, 

and prints ---“sort of a practical mix and match”---ready for anyone who might live their waking hours in leisure suits, eating chips.

The silhouettes ARE easy to wear though, in a casually elegant way

including pocketed shift dresses---often loosely belted or shown with oversized chunky scarves. And as Kowalska is Polish by birth and a veteran of Sonia Rykiel's design studio in Paris…it was no surprise that we felt this outing had a decidedly continental/Euro feel to it.

A dark blue dress that interestingly enough, was the “most difficult” for Kowalska to get right... had shape though at first glance, looked kind of formless.

We loved the tweed unstructured suit combos…with oversized sleeves, pulled together, over a blouse……posh, not restricted. We'd belt it for more shape, and not wear the vest that was a runway look. Also fitted--- was a fun plaid skirt paired with a chunky vest. On real sized women, the clothes will look less roomy and maybe more flattering…than on the thin models. IMHO.

Youthful fun came by way of few silk boxer style shorts, with warm thigh high leggings…and paired with an open stitched crotchet sweater or matching tops.


MACshadows ---applied wet as eyeliner, juxtaposed against Light Blue accented the eyes. Flushed cheeks gave the models a gentle healthy glow.

One of our favorite haircare product lines, Philp Pelusi ‘s high end P2 and Tela Organics collections---were both put to work by the New York salon based stylist.

P2 Increase Volumizze Gloss on top for shiny locks was the MO for a healthy, youthful hair.