"This season is dark," declares Charlotte Ronson backstage at her Fall 2014 presentation. When Charlotte, a designer known for her sugary sweet looks, turns out a collection of black-on-black, it suggests truly bleak times.
"I have no idea about the times! But the darker tone is something I connect to," says the designer, herself clad in a feminine dress and bright lip. "In Fall you're in a darker mode. You want a pop of color, but you want to wear it again and again without your eyes tiring of it."
The inky palette of black, navy, burgundy and deep red is definitely not something I'll tire of. Black-on-black popped thanks to clever textural inserts of velvet, laser cutting, and suggestive sheer striping. Poppy prints echoed a fantastically mysterious tone, rendered in longer-length hemlines, body-hugging shapes and exposed shoulders for a grown-up feel.
But with Ronson, a fashion week presentation is about more than just clothes. "You have to find something that sets you apart. For me it's not just about the items, but about the look and feel and putting on a show."
It was a show worth being seen at. The packed-to-the-brim presentation hosted an impressive number of It bloggers and included appearances by Nick Jonas, Jamie Chung, Zendaya and some other vaguely familiar faces (the Hilton sisters, anyone?), with Samantha Ronson in the DJ booth.
"I love this collection," offered Samantha. "I think it's her best collection yet. It's a little darker, a little more grown up, a little more me. Not that I'm grown up."
You and me, both.