Instrumental in launching the career of fashion's anointed golden child, the routinely 1940's-inspired Zac Posen, nonprofit Gen Art has excelled for the past ten years at spotting and nurturing fashion's next great hope in that oh-so-delicate infancy stage. On the roster for this year's Fall 2005 show: Vena Cava, Charlotte, and the Society for Rational Dress.
Classic, elegant, easy
The evening was kicked off with New York's Vena Cava, the joint effort of 23-year-old Parson grads Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai. Mayock and Buhai focused on effortless, eclectic pieces that frequently played off unexpected color combos: for example, a printed aubergine silk georgette dress tied with an eye-catching belt in mustard yellow.
For the lady who loves the leather
The Charlotte Collection by New York's Melina and Jessica Solnicki made excellent work of bringing a slice of rock 'n' roll sex to the dainty lady of the house: a bronze ruched leather jacket slung over an ivory silk flapper dress; a striking, goth-worthy black leather capelet tossed nonchalantly over cigarette pants; and a pleated, see-through chiffon blouse matched with the narrowest brown leather pencil skirt.
Society for Rational Dress
The big runway pleaser
The highlight of the night was indisputably Society for Rational Dress, Corrine Grassini's L.A.-based line that juxtaposes elegantly draped, natural fabrics with some hard-edged leatherwork. The showstopper here was Grassini's trademark leather-harness dress of flowing black silk, held together by equestrian-inspired straps of supple brown leather. We imagine Society for Rational Dress's rapidly growing celebrity clientele-Erykah Badu among them-duking it out for this or a pair of those fantastic strappy ankle boots come this fall.
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