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NY Fashion Week: Finding a Stage

New York Fashion Week starts today, highlighting the Fall 2010 Collections.  This is the last year that the tents will be set up in Bryant park- the venue that has been the main stage for NY fashion week for almost 2 decades.

ARISE: AFRICAN PROMISE COLLECTION

For their second showing in the Bryant Park Tents, Arise Magazine showcased four leading African designers.

Nigerian designer Lisa Folawiyo, in her Jewel by Lisa line, fused together differing prints that, while a stark contrast to each other, worked perfectly on each garment.  Her interesting combinations of batik inspired silk prints could be appreciated by fashion-forward women whether they are from Nigeria or America.

Tiffany Amber’s fuchsia jumpsuit, long gold lame dresses, and printed kaftans were all inspired by the 1974 film Mahogany.  Her return this season proved to be a success.

Tiffany Amber’s fuchsia jumpsuit, long gold lame dresses, and printed kaftans were all inspired by the 1974 film Mahogany.  Her return this season proved to be a success.

Eric Raisina’s collection featured dresses with layers of silk, fringes, and crocheting.  The sexy dresses were extremely soft and feminine.

Eric Raisina’s collection featured dresses with layers of silk, fringes, and crocheting.  The sexy dresses were extremely soft and feminine.

David Tlale’s collection was comprised of dresses and separates in muted shades of gold and black.  Past met future when Tlale paired high, Victorian-style collars with futuristic, boxy shoulders.

KAI MILLA

Kai Milla presented her Spring/Summer 2010 line at the Museum of Art & Design.  Milla hails from the music industry along with her husband, Stevie Wonder.  Her collection entitled “Belle de Jour” was comprised primarily of slinky stretch jersey dresses and silk blouses.  Dresses with rusching and embellished sleeves were the most successful of the presentation.

PORTS 1961

Last season Tia Cibani went to India for her inspiration; this season the Oriental countries of the east influenced her.  Beautiful draped dresses, satin kimonos, and printed coats comprised her spring collection.  Cibani created innovative silhouettes with her origami-esque pleating and asymmetrical construction.

It is clear that Cibani gives careful consideration to every aspect of her collection.  There is an apparent evolution of her color scheme from season to season (gold lame and bright pinks last fall to mauve and silver for Pre-Spring, and now to even softer tones of pink and gray).  Even the staggered pacing of the models walking the show was unique.  Large intricate accessories such as stingray obi belts and long silk necklaces surrounded by clear vinyl completed the ensembles.

Tia Cibani is an avant-garde designer who keeps one wondering what she will come up with next- always provocative, but never outlandish.  The Ports spring collection with its subtle color scheme, interesting details, and definitive wearability was a definite success.