The very first event I attended at NYFW was not a runway show – it was a presentation for Jill Stuart. I can’t say that I knew exactly what to expect but I surmised that instead of walking a runway, the models would be standing still to allow for the audience to get close to them and observe and study the designs. Kind of like in a museum. What I didn’t expect was that there would be so many people that getting close to the models was very hard, moving around to see all of them, even harder. They stood on raised platforms and rotated around only once or twice.The collection was rich in texture but mostly done in black. The pieces had classic Victorian and feminine details: gathered sleeves, ruffles, long skirts, waist defining wide belts.
Although there weren’t very many bright colors, the designs achieved dimension with the layered use of various textures – velvet, jacquard, sheers, embroideries, shimmery metallic.
A favorite of mine, the pussy bow high neck blouse was featured in a couple of the designs.