Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Tents at Bryant Park
February 3, 2007
Written by Janet
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas
What does it mean
to be fashion forward? Is it having a closet avalanching
with today’s trends
(a.k.a. next weeks big consignment drop-offs) or
is fashion forward defined as wearing clothing that
not only compliments a wearer’s figure but
that are also relevant to their personality? A designer’s
work is not easy and these are the choices they
must make during their design process. Accordingly,
some cater to the masses by adhering to industry
trends but others bend the rules to maintain the
integrity of their vision.
One never knows what to expect at a Venexiana show.
Whether she’s slightly tweaking a color palette
or modifying a cut, since her Fashion Week debut
in 2004, Venexiana designer Kati Stern has been
showing style stiffs that fashion shouldn’t
solely rely on the latest Faith Popcorn report.
Surprisingly, a lot of what was
presented at the Venexiana Fall ’07 fashion
show ran parallel with what we’ve been seeing
on the runway since the week-long gala began: muted
hues, straight silhouettes, and longer hemlines.
But despite the compromise, this latest line still
brings forth the creator’s sense of drama
Although Stern claims to be inspired
by colors and the feel of fabrics and not by particular
people or eras, girly-glam took center stage in
Bryant Park’s Salon at 9 p.m. on February
3rd. Ecru plaid dresses were updated with superimposed
abstract floral prints and velvet necklines. While
velvet was used more as an accent than a wardrobe
piece, a few or the pieces (such as the lush velvet
teal top with puffed sleeves), are great transitional
items that can be played down with denim or dressed
up with a silk skirt. Snuggly wool sweaters and
silk dresses and skirts took on the season’s
minimal hues but were cut both long and biased.
Last but not least, Venexiana’s latest coat
collection is nothing less than fabulous. A black
fur-lined shearling coat with trenched pockets was
particularly eye catching. The coat was topped of
with a furry top hat, which is indicative of Stern’s
youthfulness and witty sense of humor.
For more information on Kati Stern
for Venexiana, log on to:
Katie Stern and Cognac Wellerlane.