The first 312 Fashion Series kicked off last week with an exquisite presentation by Lara Miller. Fellow designer Horacio Nieto kept the ball rolling with his gorgeously articulate Fall/Winter 2010 collection, showcased last weekend in the sleek Loft on Lake. Among the darkened facades of the nearby warehouses and with the rumble of the El overhead, the new Loft on Lake event space sparkled as guests filed in and mingled for a pre-show cocktail reception.
When the show got underway, Nieto received a special introduction by ABC anchor Michelle Alegria who served as the evening's emcee. First up was the runway show of Arlo, Nieto's menswear collection which boasted crisp, streamlined shapes and earthy colors in an array of wearable tops, jackets and trousers. Once the Horacio Nieto womenswear line emerged with an intro of thumping bass, the energy in the room was almost tangible.
Inspired by the colors, shapes and textures of the Renaissance, Nieto delivered a collection that was inspired in its simplicity. He paired a rich, old world palette of jewel tones with more current cuts. Some of the pieces boasted exaggerated accents—such as high shoulders, oversized lapels or a high waist—which served the dual purpose of paying homage to the antiquated time while still staying on point. The collection was comprised mostly of versatile separates that could easily be paired together in an infinite number of ways. The grand finale brought out two gowns—one in a whispery silver, the other in a siren red—both of which boasted flawless construction, reminding us all in the audience that if he's not already, Horacio Nieto needs to be every woman's next best friend.
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