2010 February 13

Runway Reviews: Erin Wasson, La Perla, and Ports 1961

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(NEW YORK) Erin Wasson x RVCA If Reality Bites and Saturday Night Fever could have a fashion baby, it would no doubt look like Erin Wasson x RVCA Fall 2010. The hippest of the hip filed into a candlelit ABC Carpets and Home to watch Erin Wasson’s fourth, and highly-anticipated, collection. Editors and grungy musicians sat side-by-side on stacks of carpets or distressed brocade chairs listening to the sounds of Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer. Front row attendees Jared Leto and Ke$ha were taken on a magic carpet ride front row when 22 ivory and black ensembles unfolded before their eyes. Slouchy basics, slinky floor-length dresses, and lounge-worthy jumpsuits anchored the show which was peppered with the occasional rock chic fur jacket and down home cutoffs a la Erin. 

Ports 1961 Last season Tia Cibani reflected on the beauty of nature, and for Fall 2010 the Ports 1961 designer expanded on this notion, exploring the harmony and tension between nature and technology. Warm tweed coats in shades of clover, leather caps, and liquid silk trousers underscored this seemingly dichotomous relationship. Bursts of texture and mixing black silk, sequins, and feathers within single pieces injected the collection with a marked sensuality. Laser-cut French lace updated the fabric, adding to the futuristic feel. Exposed zippers and splashes of leather amidst earth tones still had deeply artisanal characteristics, highlighting Cibani’s goal of finding a place where “technologies co-exist with the natural.”

La Perla
Film noir and sexy lingerie? Yes please! Created with Black Dahlia in mind, La Perla Fall 2010 has all the cinematic elements a woman would want—mystery, drama, seduction, and glamour. Expert craftmanship is synonymous with the European brand and this season was no different. A new laser cut technique using tulle and hand detailed emboidery is showcased on everything from translucent bodysuits to balconnet bras. Navy and grey dominated the scene with white, grey, and a dash of aubergine playing a strong supporting role. Who will win for the lead role? The high-waisted retro briefs and silk chiffon robe with lace and satin detail get our vote. 



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