This weekend at Milk was jam packed, with shows from a plethora of talented designers. Gary Graham showed a strong collection on Saturday, as did Isabella Tonchi.
Sunday was busy with a show from Erin Fetherston with Kelly Osbourne front row, and a presentation from Pamela Love complete with mixtape goody bags, and a colorful and joyous presentation from Peter Jensen.
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Peter Jensen's muse for SS11 was the one and only Shelley Duvall. Best known for her roles in The Shining, Memphis, and Popeye, Jensen translated Duvall's '70s looks into joyous, quirky ensembles for spring. The models donned matching black wigs and Twiggy eye-makeup to strut the runway in adorable flouncy skirts, asymmetrically draped sweatshirts, and layers upon layers of skirts and pants for Jensen's The Shining inspired, finale looks. Peter Jensen and stylist Beth Fenton said some looks ended up looking worthy of a comic book heroine, all bright colors and playful proportions, which is more than welcome in my books. Once taken apart many of the items were wearable, particularly a sleek black dress. The best part, however, were the platform, primary colored heels with contrast laces, just right for adding a smile to your face.
Gary Graham showed a collection of heavily deconstructed/reconstructed looks, mostly over-the-knee dressed layered with tops and jackets. While some pieces had a vintage-y vibe, there were many wearable looks, particularly a white blouse and black shorts combo that could've walked right off the runway and into the Meatpacking District.
Photo: Julia Silverman
White and black and loafers all over, Isabella Tonchi's SS11 presentation was an optical affair, with slim stripes and crisscross prints on most looks. A white and black shirt dress was street style ready, and many of the looks were stark yet breezy. While the clothes were eye-catchers, the tan loafers with tassels were spot on trend for spring.
A live band set up in the studio's corner was blaring over the sound system during Pamela Love's presentation, and while that made my ears unhappy, Love's jewelry was a definite eye-pleaser. Continuing with her hard aesthetic, Love's pieces included inches wide bangles with spokes, cuffs, heavy necklaces, and a pearl and leather stunner fit for all night partying. Most of the pieces were dramatic in scale, leaving some room for speculation as to which looks will be produced come spring.
Calling your collection "Birds of Paradise" is a dangerous thing, since Alber Elbaz most beloved Lanvin collection of Spring 2008 has the same title, so when I found the program at Erin Fetherston I was worried about what was going to be shown. But it was not Lanvin-like in the least. In a trim and tailored collection, Fetherson showed structured options for the sophisticated summer girl, safari jackets, accent draping, and shorts suits among the memorable styles. But the real clinchers were the Judith Leiber designed leopard and parrot purses that accompanied two looks. The studded platform sandals, however, I could have done without.