The Twinkle by Wenlan Fall 2009 show was at Classic Car Club in Manhattan a couple weeks ago. After years of being in Bryant Park, designer Wenlan Chia decided to go off-site to create a full on experience. Curtains hid what was to come but the scene was set from the beginning.
As crowds amassed, we were greeted by lovely servers on roller skates distributing beautiful chocolates, champagne and wine. There was also popcorn being served from a little rolling cart. As Lani previously mentioned, Yin Chang from Gossip Girl was on the scene and seemed to be enjoying herself.
As for the clothes? Feminine, girlish but never stuffy. The clothes have a sense of relaxed ease that makes them totally wearable and understandable. The color palatte is generally in somber darks with mauve, navy, grey, taupe and black as the dominate color story. But touches of golden yellow and pops of turquoise help keep things light. Prints included Ombre effect/Dip Dye, winter florals and a brush stroke print. Chunky knits and plaids contrasted satins, chiffons and sheer layering knits.
The look on the far left is my favourite look of the show. I loved the intricate cascading pleating on the blouse and the skirt! The look on the right with the one shoulder is a little reminiscent of Alexander Wang's Combo Dress, but feminized and softened.
The runway gave way to a free for all photo snapping extravaganza as the models being posed around the 4 cars and we got to take an up close look at the clothing and the jewelry!
For most part, skirts were slightly voluminous and mini length. The pleat from trousers made a slight jodphur look that feels very now, a good alternative to those fearful of full on harem pants.
The chunky knit cocoon sweater was interesting.
But personally I preferred the off shoulder chunky (above) it looks so relaxed and easy. Tees and tanks only skimmed the body and were deftly tucked into trousers or skirts to create a slight blouson effect.
I also loved the plaid drapey neck coat on the right!