Written and Photographed by: Daisy Kendrick and Henry Peers
Friday night was another successful night for three designers at StyleWeek Northeast held at the W hotel in Boston.
Opening the night was Dominican Republic born, Millie Bautista. Bautista launched her fashion label by the same name and debuted her Fall/Winter 2013 collection that emphasized structure, symmetries and origami. The minimalistic, ready to wear pieces were confident and daring for an edgy workingwoman. Precision and detailing were paramount to her designs; the well-structured pieces clearly emphasized how fashion can empower any woman. Two-tone combinations of black and white or chocolate brown and camel graced the catwalk. Leather pencil skirts put together with peplum tops, tailored trousers with crisp white shirts and a structured over coat with a cape collar and boxy fit were a few of the designs to mention. Bautista took masculine cuts and transformed them in a beautifully tailored feminine way. Voluminous hair, statement eyebrows and leather caped sleeves were a few favorites from the show.
Gregory Paul, the womens wear designer was second to exhibit his collection down the runway on Friday. Elegant silhouettes, razor-sharp tailoring and luxurious tech fabrics defined Paul’s collection. It was a Victoria Beckham meets Valentino influence that incorporated a luxurious sporty vibe with an intimate romantic feel. The classic silhouettes were very much inspired from the 60’s, including tailored blazers, structured coats and high-waist skirts. The last three pieces steered away from an office environment and focused on evening. The same full lace long dress appeared twice, the first time in crème and then in black. The dual combination brought an air of elegance to the show and for the finale the most spectacular dress appeared; a black floor length chiffon dress with a high neck and diamante neck collar. Paul’s collection allows a woman to hold her own in a society that is very much dominated by men. Paul used really rich fabrics like lambskin, two-ply cashmere blends and lux wools in muted black greys and browns throughout the collection. The looks of every model were diverse but each model wore a slick ponytail and natural makeup for a flawless and fresh effect. All the elements of Paul’s show came together including the models, music, guest list and most of all the clothes.
The night ended with the most eccentric show. A fall 2013 collection named KLAW by Marcel Plante that was definitely created for a feisty and fierce woman. Most strikingly, each model wore a latex mouth cover, extravagant makeup including extra long eye lashes and each model sported one extra long nail on their middle finger. Finally some color was injected into the night as models wore red, leopard print, black and mustard colors. The clothes were made to accentuate women’s curves, most of all the hip area. This brought nighttime glamour and sexiness to the runway.
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