Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12: Haus Alkire: Feminine Redemption

February 14, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: I had some time to kill before the Narciso Rodriguez show on Tuesday night so I thought I would check out the debut Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week presentation of Haus Alkire. I had met one half of this duo, Julie Haus when Carol & first launched Second City Style and when I had heard she had teamed up with her photographer husband, Jason Alkire, for the textiles, I really wanted to check it out. Trouble was, it wasn’t really a presentation, but a runway show. Since you can normally walk into a presentation at any time during the allotted block of time, I got there about 20 minutes into the duration. By that time I was in the back of the room and could not see the floor level runway with photographers and crowds 6 deep. So I saw the model’s heads. Great if you are in a nightclub, but not so great to see fashion. Just as  I was able to wiggle my way up to the runway, the models were turning and leaving. So looking at these pictures are really the best view-point I ever had. I promise I was there…I just couldn’t see anything.

Anyway, Haus Alkire hit pay dirt when they won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award 2012 for women’s wear. What sets this collection apart is the fact that all of the prints are their very own and completely original. The inspiration for their Fall ’12 collection were the dark paintings of Luo Jie. His illustrations of torment and the search for redemption and use of light and dark and chaos and calm made for interesting textiles. Mix the redemption theme with the heroine of the 1968 Italian film The Belle Starr, you get a collection of dualities: good and evil; masculine and feminine; aggressive and passive.

The overlapping haunting prints on semi-transparent fabrics such as silk georgette and organza is where this collection excelled. It is definitely a severe deviation I had come to expect from Haus’ delicate designs, but one that’s a bit edgier and interesting. There are few items I would love to have in my own closet and I can’t wait to see what they create for Spring ’13. Hopefully something a little more uplifting, yet intriguing. And maybe, just maybe they will either have a runway show in an arena where we can actually see the designs or a presentation with models up on pedestals.

Color Palette: white, ivory,  silver, french blue, rose, lust red, ink, jet, black

Fabrics & Textures: hammered silk, silk wool, silk georgette, organza, cashmere, Mongolian cashmere, cashmere wool, double-faced wool, lambskin, knits, Mongolian fur, plaid, caviar beads, signature prints

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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