Chicago designer Anastasia Chatzka held an exclusive runway show and preview party of her Fall '09/Winter '10 collection at Lumen last Friday night. Chatzka debuted her line in her hometown last spring after working for labels like Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui in New York, both of whose influence could be seen aesthetically in Chatzka's girly and 50s-inspired designs. Chatzka has attributed much of her inspiration for the Fall/Winter collection to the fashion of the mid-20th century, drawing upon the feminine silhouettes and playful details that were popular during that time. The collection was comprised mostly of dresses and separates in white, brown, and black with bursts of accent color like teal, yellow, and bright pink. Chatzka payed tribute to her mentors including pieces that were equal parts Anna Sui vixen and Betsey Johnson doll, boasting flouncy bows, ruffles, and piping along scalloped edges and bubble hems. Chatzka wanted her collection to contain pieces that could be worked into a cold weather wardrobe, yet still stand out against the monochromatic layers commonly associated with winter, and succeeded in turning retro looks into more modern, seasonal trends.
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