My First Fashion Show
Betty Confidential’s Carrie Seim makes her first foray into the tents of New York Fashion Week to review the Omnia Luo Spring 09 Collection
I think it’s was very apropos that my Fashion Week virginity was taken by another virgin to the tents of Bryant Park, Chinese designer Zheng Luo.
Luo may be new to New York, but her Omnia Luo line made a smashing debut Friday, proving she’s all grown up. The collection, titled “Beauty Blossoms,” was utterly breathtaking. And judging by the gasps and applause from the audience, that’s not just my naivete talking.
After cooling my (hot pink, four inch) heels for nearly an hour before the show, gawking at the malnourished girls serving Evian and helping myself to complimentary Chamborg cocktails, I was slightly cranky. I had been promised a seat, but somehow got bumped to the Standing Room Only line, which is like getting bumped to steerage on the Titanic. I was in good company, though, standing next to a gorgeous writer from ELLE magazine. Who is, um, probably a lady you want to let have a seat. Whoever was working that guest list should be fired! (See, I’m getting all “Devil Wears Prada” after only one day in the tents!)
But lucky for me, a very kind PR man took pity on me. Asking if I was alone (yes, single rider!), he plopped me down in the front row. Jackpot!
And it truly was – having a front row seat to the elegant, evocative collection was completely worth my crippled toes.
Feminine, romantic, airy – the pieces were fit for a modern princess, yet completely wearable. Clothes for chic women who know they can’t get away with wearing a Cinderella costume, but secretly wish they could.
Luo, who’s won five CFDA awards, is obsessive about craftsmanship, and it shows in the details of her stunning creations. Silk for days – yards and yards layered upon itself and draped exquisitely into beautiful silhouettes.
My favorites were her first and last looks. She opened the show with a pink tulle ruffled bubble dress that was light as air. The model looked like she was floating in a pink lotus pond – but in a sophisticated, not uber girly way. And the final look was beyond beautiful. A rose colored sculpted silk dress that cascaded to the floor asymmetrically, revealing a sky high glimpse of the model’s legs, rather like a rose opening its petals.
I predict China’s Luo will be blossoming beauty all over American closets this spring.