>> Let's get 'classical' at fashion week presentations rather than go to the Lincoln Centre or any venue for ballet or classical musicfor the real shebang. Perhaps that's the thinking behind these two presentations at Milk Studios, which does seem to provide the ample white space for designers to go all out with their vision, epsecially in a one hour time slot when people can just drop in and out. It makes me chuckle a little as I think of the Lincoln Centre currently with fashion week shenanigans going on, cameras snapping, over-enthusiastic volunteers and an obscene amount of sponsors and then comparing all of that to the Lincoln Centre goers who are there to see a ballet, an opera or a recital at the rest of this cultural institution - a contrast that always plays out in the main plaza area. Well I'll take the next best thing and be tickled by the fact that ballet dancers are all bedazzled in Erickson Beamon pieces and that violinists and cellists look mighty cool whilst playing with Illesteva shades on.
Illesteva looked to the orchestra of the NYU for a helping hand to model their new collection of sunnies and specs inspired by the classical music of the early 19th century as well as modern symphonies, as well as serenade the crowd. Titanium, felt, German bamboo are some of the new materials that have been added into the mix to the recognisable shapes that Illesteva have built up as well as the more classic acetate styles. I asked the 'waiter' who was serving up trays of the new styles how did he like wearing Illesteva. He gave them the thumbs up. That's a good enough recommendation for me.
Could be all too literal and obvious to connect this Erickson Beamon presentation to the Black Swan but that seemed to be the consensus of the crowd. Fortunately, it was far more pleasant than the portrayal of a girl's paranoia dance trip as memebers of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy US Youth Programme warmed up on ladders and scaffolding and was accompanied by a countertenor from the Metropolitan Opera. Erickson Beamon's jewellery, facewear (thanks to the commentor who came up with that term when I talked about Liberty's lace-face windows) and other unusual accoutrements that sort of belong in the jewellery category (Chinese Manchu-era nail guards anyway?) are of course consistently beautiful and in essence don't need the theatrics but it's all part of the welcome respite that comes at the end of the day at Mac/Milk after bustling around from show to show.