Friday, January 29, 2016
The New York Fashion Week shows at Moynihan stations are held in pitch-black tents. What a treat to enjoy a fashion show where the models walk in the sunshine! Rita Vinieris held a lovely lunchtime event on the rooftop of one of the Carnegie Hall buildings.
Guests sat civilized tables in proper chairs while they watched models parade through them for designer Rita Vinieris' debut eveningwear collection. Ironically, the theme of her Spring 2016 collection was called "Twilight".
This was not a season inspired by angsty vampires. Instead, the designer studied the juxtaposition of lightness into darkness with pops of solid colors. There was a mix of translucent and solid textured fabrics. Shades of grey, black and white were featured to examine gradients of light.
Other than the "Twilight" inspiration, the runways looks weren't put together to follow something trendy. The outfits were styled to be sexy and classically elegant. Dresses that would be appropriate for black tie galas year after year. Stylist Freddie Leiba had the models in slick, long, straight hair parted down the middle while keeping the lips in classic Hollywood red.
While the intellectual aspect of her inspiration may be lost on the casual viewer, the beauty of the gowns and silhouettes stands on its own. Each dress was designed to flatter the movement of the walking model. Whether it was the swish of the long sheer skirts or the leg-baring slim draped gowns, each look was styled to stun.
Rita Vinieris Spring 2016 fashion show was literally the fashion show for the ladies who lunched by providing lunch to those exact ladies. Perhaps that is the key for a rising designer to hit their target market. Feed them in their own environment!