Sunday, February 11, 2007

Feb 3: James Coviello, Sass & Bide, Cabbeen

Feb 3: day of the multiple fashion shows. Hello flats!! Hello adrenaline!! Between the 7 shows I dashed around town for, some are worth highlighting:

James Coviello: a departure from other designers, who did black and all metallic, Coviello sent down the runway a series of sweet, bohemian looks that would make the romantic gals blush. His colors, brown, tan and a hint of red, came in the form of poetic silk blouses, corduroy jumpers and delicate crochet knits. A definite breathe of fresh air in an otherwise monotoned season.

Sass & Bide: Designer Sarah-Jane Clarke sent down the runway a collection of short black minis mixed with metallics. Models wore opaque black tights with a strange wish-bone like ponytail hairdo that held up their hats nicely. The Sass & Bide girl this season was hard-edged with a hint of feminity, like factory girl Edie Sedgewick if she has long hair.

Cabbeen: Go China!! The show marked Beijing-based designer Jerry Zhang's first presentation in the U.S. How fitting that he chose to present his small collection at the tent's most intimate venue, the Showroom (previously the UPS hub for emerging designers). Zhang sent down the runway a collection of looks that were urban and casual. One would expect a variety of east and west mixes, but Zhang surprised us all by showing western-influenced tailored jackets, anoraks with furs and a slew of preppy staples. The music was pumped with adrenaline, the models were chistled as they literally raced down the runway. All in all, not bad for a designer's debut show.

Photos from Top: Sass & Bide, James Coviello, Cabbeen.

Photos credits:, IMG.

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