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Mark Tauriello's Fashion Column


Written and Photographed by Mark Tauriello

Opposite Photo: Kenley Collins



January 14, 2010

Carmelita Martell’s Spring 2010 collection takes us on a journey to a space age safari by combining bold zebra and snakeskin prints with vinyl mini skirts. High shine fabrics such as leather and plastics play with the concepts of transparency and reflection, while also modernizing classic animal prints for a new decade. Most interesting in the collection is the plastic mini dress with white geometric fabric shapes; in this case less is really more. The spring 2010 collection even offers waist and knee length plastic jackets with black and gold piping trims. Aside from the sixties space age qualities of this collection, Carmelita also creates a collection which will make any young woman feel sexy with a little help of some exposed shoulders, cinched waists, and above the knee hems.

 

Photo Courtesy of Carmelita Couture
Photo Courtesy of Carmelita Couture

 




Kenley Collins Collection at Forte Fashion Show

Metropolitan Pavilion
October 21, 2009


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Kenley Collins Design
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Kenley Collins Design

Designer Kenley Collins

Kenley Collins, famous for her sassy attitude on Project Runway, created a spring collection inspired by the iconic aviator, Amelia Earhart. Collin's designs featured stripes and deep blues, creating a sophisticated nautical look with a bold contrast. Using her signature 1940’s aesthetic, many of her designs paid close attention to the shoulder with the help of some exaggeration, and square-shouldered jackets. Sweetheart necklines kept the collection young and flirty while smaller collars and attention to details polished the clothes for a more classic and tailored look. Luckily this collection didn’t end the same way as Amelia Earhart.


Project Runway Contestant's
Daniel Field and Stella Zotis

Two other Project Runway designers attended the Forte Fashion Show: Stella Zotis, famous for her love of all things leather, and Daniel Feld both attended to the show's beneficiary, Gilda Club, a support community for people living with cancer. Gilda’s Club benefited from the show, receiving the proceeds, donations the money raised by the silent auction.

Elizabeth Rynish at the Forte Fashion Show

 

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Elizabeth Rynish Designs Elizabeth Rynish Designs

Elizabeth Rynish showed off her colorful new designs at the Forte Fashion Show. Using her signature fabrics inspired by her own innovative prints, she shows the relationships between colors and how they flow together. This collection featured vibrant swirly marble prints while modernizing the 60’s mod looks by adding small futuristic elements and shapely necklines. Bold and chunky accessories were paired up with her designs breaking up the prints while adding another color splash into the mix. Short hems and painterly pieces are a must for the lively woman who has an appreciation for both art and fashion.

Sheila Frank Collection at Forte Fashion Show

 

Sheila Frank Designs
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Sheila Frank Designs Sheila Frank Designs

Lace details, neutral colors, and straps made of beads and chain were all featured in Sheila Franks Spring`10 collection at the Forte Fashion Show. Her Elizabethan-inspired designs were paired with modern aesthetics and would appeal to women of different shapes and sizes. Skinny belts paired with loose fitting garments kept the focus on the waistline. This subdued collection might have lacked both color and drama, but not innovation. Straps made of lace and chain created an edgy contrast to her more romantic pieces, serving both as accessories and functional components to her designs.

Marissa Erskine at Forte Fashion Show

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Marissa Erskine Designs Marissa Erskine Designs

Marissa Erskine, the last designer featured at the Forte Fashion Show, created a spring collection filled with exaggerated cocoon, butterfly, and tulip silhouettes. Her color palette mostly consisted of gold, pink, black, and a few mint green pieces. Most enjoyable about this collection were the petal like textures and shiny fabrics. Erskine also designed braided knit accessory pieces, which sparkled in the light, providing the classic element of glamour. The most dramatic piece, which seemed to be the crowd favorite, was the curvy black mermaid dress with a raised back, which was the final look in her collection. Using basic themes in sculpture, volume and texture, Marissa Erskine takes us to the next season.

 

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