My expectations were high as I walked into the Lincoln Center for what was Norman Ambrose’s debut runway show. Last season, Lani and I were enamored by the 70s glam looks with the dazzling beading and the sexy pythons. What would this season bring?
I soon got my answer with the pouring in of heavy metals. Since his inspiration was drawn from the sun glistening like diamonds on the Mediterranean sea I suppose metallics make sense. From Pewter to Gold to Silver and Copper – Norman Ambrose had metallic covered. Perhaps in a similar manner to Rachel Zoe’s presentation it was about “Glamour by Day” as even trouser suits and separates were all about the shine. Given the impeccable fit and tailoring I don’t see any reason not to shine in these clothing. Although Norman Ambrose is still a young designer, he trained with a both master patternmaker and a master tailor (who logged time with Cristobal Balenciaga and Bill Blass) before launching his collection and it paid off.
Silhouettes are soft, feminine and lady-like but not prim and nothing looked to be overdone. Pants are for most part fluid trouser fits while shorts are very simple, clean and short. Skirt lengths were either just above the knee or floor skimming maxi’s that often featured thigh high slits. My personal favorites were the looks with the fuller skirts that make me think of Barbie going out for and evening in the 1950s – especially the blush tone number below. Also the liquid sequin silver gown was simply stunning. Can’t forget to mention how unique and attention grabbing the Golden Glass Beaded Bolero was - it had the appearance of sparkling fur from a distance.
Hair was kept simple this season so not to distract from the clothes and simply pulled back into sleek chignons. Make-up was minimal and all about a dewy complexion and coral stained lips.
And while these designs aren’t necessarily groundbreaking everything was executed with finesse and beauty. I see the firm beginnings of a designer who has the technical skill to execute many more a beautiful creation in the future.