In Milan we just debuted the collaboration between Alberta Ferretti and me for Spring 2013.
Alberta Ferreti is known for her amazing detail and execution of ready to wear. There is always a femininity to the collection which also reflects the modernity of today.
We decided to sculpt clear Lucite so that it resembled the way the fabric would be pleated. Each bracelet was encrusted with inlaid rectangular and square crystals, which accented the curves and angles of the bracelets. The clothing combined the metallics with a softness for the season. Below are some shots and the reviews from WWD which just got posted.
That the buzzwords bandied about backstage before Alberta Ferretti’s show included “sensual,” “feminine” and “luminous” was not a news flash. Throw in “ethereal” and “goddess” and you’ve got Ferretti’s aesthetic vocabulary virtually covered. This collection, too, sprung from the designer’s well of hyper-romantic beauty, which never seems to run dry. Puns aside, a wet look was intentional in the lineup, where the goddesses were more like sirens, the kind lonesome sailors shipwreck over in fairy tales — or Ice Capades, in the case of a short, skaterly blue dress with nude tulle embroidered with lace. (There were also hints of McQueen in the aquatic.)
The liquidity was conveyed in a couple of ways. First came fringed dresses, some of which featured fringe embroidery, veiled in a layer of sheer, pale organza that resulted in a foamy iridescence. Then, at the end of the show, Ferretti worked slick lamés in black, blue, green and ivory on her signature fluid gowns, here done with an artfully tattered sensibility. “There’s almost an absence of gravity,” she said preshow. “As if the fabrics are floating around the woman.” That was precisely the effect on pretty cutaway chiffon tops worn over cropped pants — Ferretti’s newest proposition for evening — and the array of tattoo lace-on-tulle gowns that seemed to melt off the body.
There were a total of 7 people who went on the tour. The minute you get onto the Hudson River you can go full throttle, about 65mph.
My boyfriend Matt had never done it before and was apprehensive about being in the Hudson on a jet ski. He weathered it alright, except for a brief collision with a bunch a fishing lines. He had inadvertently got caught like a fly in Charlotte’s Web with 20 fishing lines from fisherman on the pier. It was like something out of a comedy.
After he was untangled we really hit the waves, which was incredible with the outline of NYC in the background.
For those who are aren’t afraid of getting The Hudson water on you and the occasional ship, I highly recommend it.
This year I was the judge for ELLE’s annual FIT fashion competition. I was along side judges Christina Ricci, Alexa Chung, Brad Goreski, Steven Alan and Ken Downing from Neimans, who were all the co-judges of the competition.
There were about 20 contestants and each were tutored by Anne Slowey and Joe Zee from Elle. The top honors are ELLE’s FASHION | NEXT Design Award ($25,000), Maybelline New York Design Awards ($25,000) and a third prize, the People’s Choice Award, worth $10,000, is being chosen by users on ELLE.com.
It’s always a horrible feeling judging someone’s talent, but at the end, I try to analyze their skill, craft, color sensibility and long term potential in the market place.
I was catching up with my parents in North Monmouth, Maine, and got to take a walk through the woods which is one of my favorite things to do. Its amazing what a bit of country can do for the soul. I also noticed an array of mushrooms growing in the wild. Their colors and shapes juxtaposed with the foliage made my camera clicking hands come alive!
Here’s a picture of the back of my parents house. My Dad built the place out of an old water tower from NYC.