I kicked off my New York Fashion Week experience late in the day and found myself in The Studio (Lincoln Center) at 9pm for Season Six Project Runway award winner Irina Shabayeva's show. Honestly I haven't been keeping up with the show since it moved to Lifetime so I had not much expectations. However, just earlier today my friend was telling me that Ms Shabayeva is noted as one to watch and I was ready to find out why.
The folk driven string music transported me to Spain and soon the clothing followed suit. Flamenco dance inspired ruffled created from laser cut chrysanthemum flowers are also repeated as bold graphic placement print motifs and cutout/applique motifs on wool.
Some looks have a Matador toughness as contrast panels of wool are tailored together to form strong geometric designs that flatter the body and almost become armor like.
In sharp contrast was the cozy knits - the kind that make you almost glad it's winter. They came in many forms with hoods, snugly cardigans and scarves. The silhouettes were for most part either having emphasis on a strong shoulder or a very Dior New Look, cinched waist with a full circle flare skirt.
The color palette was quite primary with bold reds dominating the runway followed by cobalt blue, golds and white. Since this was a predominantly evening collection I was relieved that black was by no means a dominating force and mostly used to make colors pop more or create graphic effects.
For those that desire something less Spanish theme driven there were plenty of little sparkly frocks to delight, my particular favorite is the mixed fabric jewel neck dress below. The frothy skirt and touch of sparkle screamed take me to a party.