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.
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.
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.
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 toevery 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.