Per usual, the Charlotte Ronson fall/winter 2012 show was a total friends and family affair. The front row was packed with the designer’s friends including hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, his daughter and frequent show-presence Angela Simmons, the somewhat dormant Nicki Hilton, and DJ buds Chelsea Leyland and Becka Diamond (who arrived together and giggling minutes before the show started).
Once the lights went down Ronson sent over 33 looks down the runway that, like last season, were a bit on the eclectic side. I looked to the line-sheet for some pointers, but there weren’t any pithy sayings or obscure literary quotes for guidance. So if I attempted to sum it up: Red Baron meets Life Aquatic meets, um, après ski? Well, to try and give a brief rundown, the show opened with a sleek leather-blocked bomber matched with a skinny leather pencil skirt, which then segued into some sheer blousy tribal prints, chiffon paneled skirts, leather-striped tapered trousers, and tweedy separates. Leather was heavily incorporated into the mix – in the form of stripe detailed tapered pants, sexy knee-skimming skirts, moto-jackets, mock turtleneck dickies and random aviator caps. Oh and the scuba reference comes from the tight fitting hooded sweaters in two-toned cable knits and Fair Isle patterns (après ski!). While I’m such a sucker for leather, my favorite look actually was the creamy macro-lace shorts suit, which doesn’t seem to fall into any of the above categories, but whatever, the outfit was sweet, flirty and kinda sassy.
One part of a Charlotte Ronson show that is consistent: the dependably kick ass soundtrack mixed by twin sis Samantha. She cheekily mixed in some clang-y Sleigh Bells to ring in Charlotte’s appearance on the runway and her remix of M83’s “Midnight City” that had the crowd dancing in their seats.