Tuesday, March 13, 2012


 Rubin Museum, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

"I turn often to Asia for inspiration and my Fall 2012 ready to wear collection was in sired by Mongolia and the drama of that untamed land. I am fascinated by Mongolian nomads, Kublai Khan, Marco Polo, and the traders on the Silk Road - and how their dramatic and colorful lives were shaped by this vast frontier." 
Josie Natori

Exquisite---"...a terrific outing but of course, she's a pro ---she knows what she's doing..." was one chit chat that we had post the JOSIE NATORI Fall 2012 show---

But expectations were exceeded with this runway show-really a graceful walk down the long elegant staircase of the Rubin Museum of Art---graciously installed in the former haunts of the original Barney's.

Exotic mixtures of textiles and details (lace, sequins), yet very wearable and tastefully urbane---

purple felted panel skir, merino wool neck top-black leather topper

printed sheath dress with felted coat and infinity scarf= stunning 

We thought silhouette wise, with a nod to the 20's and 30's of Hollywood film glamour --- in some of the evening looks, plus lovely day items including a printed sheath and several skirts...underneath posh Asian influenced outerwear--- wrapped coats/jackets (toppers) in wool, silk and leather---with kimono curves and padded shoulders for shape... or versatile cropped boleros.
smoke pearl jacquard skirt with black perforated leather obi belt and pleated leather topper

printed kimono dress with black embroidered padder topper

black lace dress with padded topper

grey cashmere cowl dress with black perforated leather obi belt and kimono coat

black sequin lace kimono coat

black sequin lace kimono dress

gold sequin lace skirt with vanilla scarf and beige embroidered padded topper

black draped dress

so chic-black ---with the back of embellished lace-below

embellished back

great mix of fabrics-gold sequin lace skirt with merino wrap neck top, novelty yarn kimono tunic, infinity scarf

bold red suede topper with circle skirt

(left) printed drape dress with imperial red cape, mandarin collar sweater dress with reversible padded jacket-(middle)

printed silk sheath dress (l), black jacquard slim pant -a staple(r)

In all-a successful collection, and we think, a very personal one for the designer---with several ensembles that literally took our breath away---and impressive, given the number of collections under the Josie Natori imprint.