Fashion Week is three days away, but some designers are jumping the gun. Last night, Monica Byrne culled a crowd of Vogue girls and A&R boys to check out her first formal presentation. Monica's a Nebraska native, though she studied design in Kansas. After a series of billowy collections that buried girls in chiffon (and were inspired, memorably, by crop circles), Monica scaled back her shapes this season and created tightly cut dresses in geometric mohair and lace. Then she packed them up and carried the entire collection downstairs - to the "secret" hotspot La Esquina, which happens to be right next to her apartment. Click below to view photos, and get Monica's take on her Fall clothes...
"I bought a vintage belt in Soho from the '70s, and the whole collection spiraled out of that," says Monica. "I like the shape of an amoeba, and the things that are very small and fundamental to structure. This dress is great because its pattern repeats and layers over itself. And it's mohair - you can wear it during the Fall or Winter without worrying about a sweater!"
"Our seams curve with the body, and the zippers go all the way down the back of the dress. It seems to fit women better that way, and it turns a plainer black dress into something more special."
"Having the presentation at La Esquina made so much sense. Besides the fact that my studio is right above their restaurant, I wanted everyone to see the dresses in a real environment - these are exactly the clothes you would wear out to dinner, out to cocktail parties - let's see them in action."
"Of course, the other perk is that we can all have amazing tacos after we see the clothes!"