February 8, 2007
Written by Katharine
Photographed by Jeff Gottlieb
The Punk Rock Princess
At New York Couture's official
fashion week party, I ran into everyone from flamboyant
FIT students, two aspiring actresses fresh from
reality TV, three stylish Brits, and one girl from
Colorado named Echo who does not know who Barack
Yes, the eclectic couture culture
was alive and well last Thursday at the Grand in
Manhattan. As my photographer and I were ushered
in from the stinging cold and into the land of gift
bags and open bars, I expected the event to exude
every fashion week stereotype; a Gatsby-esque den
of debauchery where people are burning the candle
at both ends so as to cook their heroin. Not so
much here at the New York Couture show. I was glad
to see that in our A to D list culture, the
crowd was pleasantly diverse and the mood infectiously
But let's talk fashion. 23 year
old Cassie Kogler (yes, you read that right) is
both the creator and sole designer of New York Couture.
When asked about how she started it all, Kogler
modestly explains that people have always just loved
the clothes she made for herself. Upon seeing a
demand for her personal style at her job in a Halston
showroom, Kogler took the next logical step and
started her own line.
I believe it is that exciting
young energy that inspired the pieces for this show.
With a balanced mix of punk rock and princess, it's
hard for any gal not to find something they like
in this collection. You could easily wear her skirts
and tops to a lunch in SoHo and switch to her boisterous
dresses for a party in Brooklyn. And much like the
contrasting crowd that the show attracted, the pieces
all refreshingly real with a twist of dizzy fun.
Alas, I had to leave before the band The Loconuts
took the stage, but from what I hear they kept the
party going well into the night.
I will again give kudos to Cassie
Kogler for putting together such a well organized
event. You will definitely be hearing more about
this trend setting talent.
And for the record, all three
of the British men know who Obama is.
Photos From the
Three Stylish Brits Who
Know Who Obama Is
|Esther Nash of Single
in the Hamptons
||Echo from Colorado
Who Does Not Know Who Obama Is
|Random Hot Person #1
||Random Hot Person #2
For more information
or to view Kogler's line, go to NewYorkCouture.net