Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Joanna Mastroianni Travels With A Fashion Legend

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February 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12


Summary: Sadly, the Joanna Mastroianni Fall ’12 show is going to probably be remembered as the show where 95 year-old Zelda Kaplan died. However, the inspiration for Joanna Mastoianni was another woman in her 90’s- Iris Apfel, the fashion icon whose wardrobe was once exhibited at the Met. While the translation was not literal, there were obvious references to Iris’ favorite trends like oversized accessories, evening gloves, African jewelry, etc.  The journey began in the autumn in New York City (think Central Park meets evening wear), then the snow begins to fall (creams and pearls) Then we are off to Paris where was are a bit more sophisticated (metallic gowns and evening gloves), then Asia (red and kimonos).

I normally think of Mastroianni’s designs as for a more mature woman, so i was surprised how this collection had something for young and old alike. It was like we were not only going on a journey with Apfel, but a walk through her life. As the years progressed…so did the styles.

As touching as the show was, the highlight was when Mastroianni took her bow and walked down the runway to fetch Apfel from her front-row seat and walk the runway (cane and all) so they could take a bow together with the clapping models. We all rose to our feet knowing we had just seen a living legend personified.

Color Palette: white, ivory, peacock jade, chartreuse, violet, fuchsia, red, bronze,gold, silver, pewter, black

Fabrics & Textures: silk tulle, silk matelasse, silk point d’esprit, silk satin, silk organza, silk jacquard, silk faille, patent leather, liquid chenille, metallic liquid chenille, cashmere, double-face wool, leather, feathers, leather faceted necklaces, hand embroidery, hand beading, glass sequins, animal print

Key Looks: black dress with faceted leather jewels with feathers and silk tulle, hand-embroidered on silk organza and matching gloves; snow branches matelasse corded jacket with beaded necklace over white snow beaded and feather dress; red and black lacquered trench over black animal matelasse sheathe and leather necklace; cap sleeves, doubleface wool black sheath with oriental violet bouquet; silk satin sculpted coat over embroidered silver and pewter metal dress with embroidered evening gloves; bronze lacquered matelasse gown with metallic embroidered tulle; hand embroidered white silver gown with plunging front and back.

– Lauren Dimet waters

Photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


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