New York Fashion Week Fall ’09. A Minimalistic Vibe at Tony Cohen

February 16, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09





Summary: Filled with asymmetry and one ordinary look after another, the Tony Cohen collection unveiled for the Fall 2009 season. There weren't many looks considered to be all that striking, with the exception of two or three pieces. Cohen's collection began with dreary shades of ash and onyx. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the standard black tunic and tights combo as much as the next girl. However, I found myself waiting for that burst of… something. It wasn't until about halfway through, a splash of merlot was seen. As for color, that was pretty much it. This minimalistic vibe is Cohen's niche. My eyes finally perked up when the models paraded down the runway in dresses with gold thread and stone detail. Additionally, the pairing of rocker-chic rouged leather leggings with billowy, silk blouses really shone. Alright, so it was really just the leather pants that were great. As for the majority of the models sporting white tights, I'm not a huge fan. This brought me back to when I was a little girl, dressed up in tulle dresses with large Peter Pan collars, white tights and of course patent Mary-Janes. While I commend Cohen for his efforts, I was expecting a little more. Well, there's always next season.

Color Palette:
Black, white, ash, merlot, gold

Textures & Details:
Raw suede, leather, silk chiffon, merino shearling, cashmere knits, pleats, asymmetry, feathers, gold thread and stone details, patchwork

Key Looks:
Black silk jacket with silk fringe detail over cotton/wool top with silk fringe detail and leather stretch leggings; black silk/poly dress with gold thread and black stone hemmed ruffles

-Allison Merzel


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