Amanda Aldinger for Second City Style Magazine
New York Fashion Week has just ended, beginning fashion month for Fall/Winter 2011 and officially ending my very first experience with fashion week, during which I covered a variety of shows and events for Second City Style. Although most of the focus is on the big name shows being held at Lincoln Center (previously Bryant Park), there is a whole world of shows happening during fashion week that experiment with presentation outside of the traditional runway show. An exercise in conceptual re-invisioning, this year’s New York Fashion Week hosted a standout selection of designers whose off-the-runway presentations will definitely be remembered as some of this season’s greatest hits.
This was British designer Misha Nonoo’s first show at NYFW, and her elegant presentation at Milk Studios resonated strongly of England’s luxurious heritage, in everything from the designer’s impeccable, clean-lined tailoring, to the tea and biscuits served throughout. Simple, yet confident, Nonoo’s presentation allowed her gorgeous casual wear to spotlight, featuring a collection of asymmetrically-detailed military style jackets and a series of simple (yet eloquently detailed) cocktail dresses ideal for emphasizing a woman’s body. The presentation room was styled with old world trunks and shots from Nonoo’s editorial-style lookbook, and the designer happily greeted attendees in an outfit — wide-legged black pants and a cream blouse with lace embellishments down the sleeves — from her Fall collection. A refined presentation for a refined collection, Nonoo’s first go at NYFW was a definite success, and it will be a treat to see the designer’s clothing on display at fashion weeks in the future.
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