Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Joy Cioci Tells Where the Wild Things Are

February 12, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: As a special treat, I was able to speak with designer Joy Cioci on her own personal thoughts and ideas behind her Fall ’12 collection. When asked what her inspiration was for the colorful and texture-rich line, she said it was based on the concept of seductive survival. Cioci said she thought a lot about the word “manipulation” and played with that when choosing the fabrics and prints, wanting to express the word as a way the woman can manipulate her environment, as well as how Cioci herself manipulated the fabrics. She wanted animal print to be a dominant theme in the collection as well, drawing from a place of nature and survival, so she integrated elements like snake print, leopard print, feathers and even an owl wing to define that raw animalism she juxtaposed against the more delicate, feminine shapes. She noted how she took her fabrics and washed them, pleated them, scalloped them and cut them to create more texture and really carve out a kind of ethereal, almost fantasy-like landscape.

As for the beauty, Cioci mentioned that you can find a lot of strength and seductiveness in the clothes so she really wanted a softer, simpler look for the hair and makeup. Her and key stylist for Marie Robinson Salon, Tommie Buckett, worked together to come up with a loose, effortless side-braid which Cioci described as “simple and alluring”. She said the water fall braid Buckett created was meant to be a little messy and fall to the side and be how it is, without any primping or fuss. As for the makeup, done by Uzo for NARS, it consisted of mostly highlighting and contouring the angles of the face. “This girl is so beautiful,” Cioci noted. “She really doesn’t need much at all in the way of beauty.”

She said her customer really has no defined age, she has clients in every age bracket. Yet they are all women loves fashion, are versatile and know how to shop for key pieces for the season. She said with a proud smile that the Joy Cioci client basically, just enjoys dressing up and being a woman. And with her current collection, we can easily see why.

Color Palette: snakeskin print, mixed butterfly print, grey, ivory, flower print, silver, leopard print, black, owl print, poppy red, teal, electric blue, navy

Fabrics and Textures: silk chiffon, washed charmeuse, chiffon, wool, cashmere, silk crepe, waffle wool, organza, stretch crepe, leather, boucle, fox fur, embellished mesh, lace, charmeuse, ruffled, pleated, scallop edge, cropped, peplum, patchwork, lace overlay, leather piping, boucle piping, sheer chiffon, jersey, cut-out, draped, feathers, washed chiffon, organza, crystal-pleated

Key Looks: Flower and Lace Embellished Dress, Ivory Stretch Blazer with with Black Leather Detail, Stretch Crepe Owl Print Pants, Laser Cut Scallop Edge Leather Skirt, Organza Rufflle Collar Top, Black Jersey Cut Out Gown, Chiffon and Lace Feathered Skirt Gown, Butterfly Pleated Wide-Leg Charmeuse Pants, Washed Chiffon and Organza Ruffle and Crystal-Pleated Gown

Photos: WWD


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