February 8, 2008
Photographed by Johnie Lee
Camilla Staerk must
have been thrilled this season, as she found herself
as the recipient of Gen Art’s Fashion Fund
Award. And she certainly made good use of her time.
Instead of having just one show, she made the bold
move to have several showings of her collection.
The runway show ran every twenty minutes, and this
updated twist on the standard fashion presentation
drew big crowds.
Entitled “Black Bride
of the Moon”, the line was directly inspired
by expressionist sculptor Louise Nevelson. The clothing
had movement and ease mixed with a decidedly angular
feel. The textural pieces harkened to sculptural
beauty through the use of leather belts, back cutouts,
and geometric straps. Rubber, silk, and knits were
interspersed throughout the line to evoke a haute-smoky
effect. Staerk definitely took chances and toughened
up the couture community by pushing the fashion
envelope away from the frilly and expected and far
into the unexpected and smoldering.
Designer Camilla Staerk