Gainsevoort Hotel-Park Ave. South/ACME Restaurant NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard
This past week---we previewed two collections by relatively new to the fashion scene -designers. Both designed and made in NYC. Bravo.
A hotel suite was crowded with a lot of familiar faces---for the Spring 2013 contemporary women's collection of RAE FRANCIS --- by Savannah College of Art and Design pals Ariel Lilly and Christina Coniglio. (Named after the male relatives-fyi)
|soft grays---maxi dress out of silk---drapes beautifully|
For this outing...the bohemian spirit of the Cochella music festival...and the glam rocker/singer/songwriter Florence Welch---inspired a romantic, flowing assortment of flirty dresses and asymmetrical skirts.
|back cut-outs-design detail on several pieces|
|loved this pretty skirt-draped diagonal ---flattering|
|baby cool dress,,,|
|back cut-outs-can layer over stretchy tank top|
|signature-uneven hemmed free flowing boho skirt-in multiple fabrics-silk|
|nice chiffon insets- sheer shoulders|
ACME Restaurant---has a downstairs space that probably could not have legally held another human being for an animated showing of tailored tops for women ---by former art lawyer- Jelena Darling---for her collection of meticulously made blouses-Aphra Behn (an English- 17th century professional female writer, fyi).
The construction of these shirts-rival men's classic labels...and offer a variety of standing collars and collar spreads, slim fitting french cuffs for long sleeves, slim placket widths, french seams and side darts-for a feminine shape-and trims like the buttons of mother of pearls---in a selection of luxury Japanese and Italian woven fabrics.
A BIG PLUS---we thought...as we checked out the sizing charts---Aphra-Behn has added "a" sizes---meaning added chest size inches for ample gals with same waist sizes as traditional women's sizes.
|this trio is wearing the 100% silk ivory damask-with bishop sleeves, slightly scooped next, gold button closure on back.|
Currently---several long sleeve shorts are available online-prices ranged from about $215-$235.