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Wendy Sy, Runway Reporter: #NYFW Notes (Pt. 3)

by Wendy Sy Photographed by Presley Ann/PMC and Steven Ferdman/PMC
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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We’re more than halfway through NYFW. In the blink of an eye, it will all be wrapped up.  Until next season, that is. Yesterday, we chatted with more designers on their inspiration for the fall/winter 2018 collections and what’s next for their brands.


DENNIS BASSO Show


Location: Saint Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue.


Spotted: Towering ceilings and scores of stained-glass windows that look like kaleidoscopes bursting with color and shapes. This venue, in all its glory, is routinely reserved for weddings, baptism, confirmations and yes, as a place of worshipnotably on Sundays. But as a spot for fashion shows? Rare. A few far and betweenincluding the fall/winter collections of Alexander Wang in 2016 and Libertine in 2004have been shown at St. Bart’s. In social circles, Basso is also known as a generous host of dinner parties. Holding on to that skill, he creates a welcoming atmosphere where guests (from Amy Fine Collins to Amory McAndrew  to Frederique van der Wal) gather for small talk before hearing Gregorian chants, cueing the start the show.


Collection: Last September, Basso told AVENUE, “I think [the brand] has evolved because we are dressing the daughters of the mothers and everyone is coming to us. It’s all very exciting.” Here and now, we can see that’s true from the age range of the show attendees, dressed in Dennis Basso. This year marks the 35th anniversary for the brand, which is debuting sportswear on the runway. Now, it’s not just furs and sequined gowns. It’s leather and denim separates, too. Within the 70 looks, models including Hilary Rhoda are seen wearing sable coats as well as chinchilla hoodies, pleated trousers and tailored track pants. The rich color palette involves neutrals (camel, charcoal and walnut) with bright hues (poppy red, fuschia and cobalt blue).


On the Record: “My inspiration for this collection was all about the past 35 years,” says Basso, after the show. “I took all of these iconic shapes and styles and brought them forward. It’s done in the Basso way, with a bit of a twist.”



VERONICA BEARD Presentation


Location: Highline Stages, 440 West 15th Street.


Spotted: In the midst of the dark space, there’s a series of large, light bulb frames, where models are underneath, dancing and twirling to soft-rock melodies. Guests snapped photos of the looks while on sipping on champagne. On the other side of the room, more light bulbs are seen in letters that spell out Veronica Beard in all caps. The brand, founded by sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard, has been constantly growing since day one with the launch of their signature Dickey Jacket in 2010. Married to brothers (who are nephews of renowned photographer Peter Beard) there are eight kids between their family, who were all at the show.


Collection: Dallas, denim, diamonds and the ‘80s. Add them all together and you’ll get Veronica Beard’s fall/winter 2018 inspiration. With two New York stores (one on the Upper East Side and one in Soho), the Veronicas’ latest brick and mortar opened last August in the Texas city’s ritzy Highland Village Park last August. The American sportswear brand amplifies its range with key pieces such as a metallic pink one-shoulder mini dress, white cowboy blouse, crimson red velvet pantsuit, black denim jeans with crystal embellishments and neckerchiefs. Simply put, it’s a Dallas socialite meets Texas cowboy kind of look.


On the Record: “We’re in Dallas all the time because of the store. We have a strong customer base there and that factor always plays into it,” says Swanson Beard, who notes the woman in mind while designing the collection is one who loves feminine styles and getting dressed up. Miele Beard adds, “Dallas is quickly becoming our second home.”



ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO Presentation


Location: 511 West 25th Street.


Spotted: A cross between an art gallery, runway and presentation, the set-up for Zero + Maria Cornejo’s collection display is downright unique. But one wouldn’t expect anything lessuniqueness is embedded in the brand’s DNA. The all-white space conveniently had two nooks on opposite sides of the walls, where models posed for house photographers before walking around the room one-by-one. In the center of the venue, there are wooden custom display boxes, each with a cut-out shape to match its hanging garment. These are meant to highlight the way Cornejo cuts the fabric.


Collection: Designed for the independent woman by an independent woman, this lineup exudes youthful energy and spirit. From a black and white shearling coat, multi-colored tartan dress, to a deep red eco cashmere sweater, the common theme here is sustainability. In the collection, 84 percent is produced in New York, using ecologically and socially responsible fabrics. Having been named brand ambassador for this year’s Première Vision New York, Cornejo also created a capsule collection using super tech sustainable fabrics from Schoeller of Switzerland.


On the Record: “I tried to show a new form of luxury that doesn’t have to be a certain way. It’s about the juxtaposition of materials,” says Cornejo during the presentation. Referencing to a bright orange jacket with white stripes down the center zipper and on the sleeves, she notes that the piece glows in the dark. Taking out her iPhone, she turns on the flashlight and suddenly, the white stripes changes to neon. Her thoughts on what’s next for the brand: “It gets better in a lot of ways. We’re constantly evolving and keeping sustainability in mind.” Well, as they say, the future is green!



Stay tuned for NYFW coverage on Badgley Mischka, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe, Vivienne Tam and more. Click here for our Runway Recaps, Part 1 and Part 2.



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