Day 2 began with Michael Angel, who, in deviating from his early signature of McQueen-esque digital micro-prints, proved that he’s more than just a one trick pony. The collection, entitled “The New Eccentric,” claimed Francesco Scuvallo, Degas paintings and stained glass windows as its inspiration and featured a delightful assortment of structured pieces rendered in tactile and eclectic fabrics. Navy mohair was sculpted into fitted jackets with oversized shoulders and his telltale printed ultra body con minis were overlaid with sheaths and even a tuxedo jacket rendered in laminated lace vinyl (there was the stained glass influence). Kelly Osborne was sitting pretty in the front row in an H&M frock, little black Pomeranian (almost as cute as her) cradled in her arms.
(Photo: Michael Angel, Kristin Knox)
Then it was on to Christian Siriano, reality show Project Runway’s most successful winner to date, who, alas, pared things down this season. Despite a stellar front row (Kayne’s lovely lady, Amber Rose, Mena Suvari, Kristen Johnson, among others), the assortment of ladylike cashmere skirt suits, swing coats and simple shifts rendered in a demure palette (grey, navy, black) left us hankering for the gothic wild child of yore. The eveningwear, Siriano’s strong suit, was beautiful but also simple in its classic full on bundled, bustled and draped chiffon organza construction.
(Photo: Christian Siriano: Kristin Knox)
The shoes, however, had the celebs (and the rest of us!) squirming in their seats. Kirkwoodian amorphous crystal encrusted heels, ribbons training down the back of models’ Achilles tendons and gladiator cut out boots literally stole the show. The best part? They’re the result of a collaboration with American discount footwear retailer, Payless Shoes, and will be available from around $50 in March.
(Preen, Rex Features)
The day’s other highlights included a menswear inspired collection traipsing down an endless pink runway at NYFW darling Jason Wu, a utilitarian patchwork assortment of tweed-clad mountain climbers at Rag & Bone’s first ever womenswear show and pretty floral frocks mixed with sexy dark toned peek-a-boo silk and cashmere dresses occasionally teamed with soft cocoon coats at good old Preen.