Summary: Held on opening night of Fashion Week at the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion runway show presented six womenswear designers and two menswear designers. For the women, designers included Bensoni, Dagmar, Delphyne Guiraud, Grace Sun, Mooka Kinney and Whistle & Flute. A-Z and Young Meagher rounded out the show for menswear. Before the show, an accessories reception featured Arielle de Pinto, Knox, Madison Harding and Yarborough.
Bensoni: Design duo Sonia Yoon and Benjamin Channing Clyburn presented a sophisticated collection of relaxed slacks and shorts, and roomy dresses and tops out of a muted palette of khaki, white and dusty blue. One standout look was a loose white mens-inspired jacket over a green-gold metallic tank with baggy tuxedo pants.
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Dagmar: The three Swedish sisters of Dagmar brought a coherent vision to their Spring ’08 collection: laid-back and subtly sexy. Their dresses were loose-fitting yet feminine, and the other ensembles, grounded with shorts, were funky and chic. I’m confident that their fresh looks will be quickly snapped off the racks when spring rolls around.
Delphyne Guiraud: The French designer showed a collection that was funky fresh. I loved the playful dresses accessorized with stacked disc bangles, and appreciated the interesting mix of fabrics.
Grace Sun: This designer’s transition from graphic to fashion designer has clearly gone smoothly. Her ’08 collection is full of unique looks in wearable silks and a color palette of mostly blue (a departure from other designers who sent mostly bright, candy-colored looks down the runway for spring). I admire Sun’s different aesthetic.
Mooka Kinney: I fell for the sweet frocks and fun prints that friends/designers Rachel Antonoff and Alison Lewis sent down the runway. The color palette ranged from neutral khakis to precious stone hues like turquoise, amethyst and topaz, while the prints were both geometric and organic. My favorite was a charming hillside motif repeated as stripes.
Whistle & Flute: I liked the laid-back approach New York-based designers Yoon Chang and Je-Won Hwang applied to their spring collection. With both modern and vintage looks, this new line is sure to find its following.