Friday, March 16, 2012

HELIOS + LUNA

Midtown, NYC


words/images Judith Ecochard

Veteran fashion designer Patricia Clyne's  Helios & Luna---staged in the company showroom-   was a colorful initiation into a fashion driven women's label chock full of wearable top/skirt combos made from silks and different kinds of wool----and flattering dresses.

ivory faux curry lamb jacket

alpaca houndstooth print jacket over a shell and with a polka dot print pencil skirt

As we saw elsewhere this season---the welcome use of bold tones (as in polished copper, dahlia blue, fire red)--- and strong patterns like stripes and polka dots- were here---  inspired by an exhibition of British conceptual artist Martin Creed.
A sixties vibe permeated---with help from the hair and make-up on the models...as in the boxy alpaca houndstooth print jacket over a shell and with a polka dot print pencil skirt, plus other outfits with what we would call sensible lady-like blouses and pencil skirts that verged on the Mad Men attire we see on AMC.
Très Chic-grape stretch bouclé stand collar 3/4 sleeve blouse with exposed zip back over grape pencil skirt in stretch bouclé with exposed zip back

But the details kept the ensembles levels above thrift shop finds---the leather trims, asymmetrical solo banding of a skirt, the faux leather tuxedo stripe detail ---the intricate use of fabrics with techy properties.


We favored the versatile mini dresses as in the cocoon shape cap sleeve dress-pictured below--- that is a staple wardrobe item---to wear with leggings, with stockings and boots or pumps...or in warmer temps with sandals. Nice.



Rayon matte jersey cocoon shape cap sleeve dress...with a single side panel draped and piped in silk fire. Asymmetric chocolate colored patent leather bow belt



Another modern style we favored---the washed silk charmeuse cap sleeve t-shirt dress with draped pockets and shirred dress.


asymmetrical hem of a georgette T-shirt with a double layer of georgette-over dark chocolate double knit leggings 



We also think-when delivered, the clothes will look great on women of all shapes which is always a big plus---some of the pieces were big on the models.