Friday, February 02, 2007

The Calm Before the Storm

Fashion Week is officially 7 days (from Friday to Friday) but the growing trend has been to sneak some showings in prior to the official start. Among them was a “knitwear fantasy” by the quintessentially French Pierre Carrilero (better known as Pierrot), our (certainly MY) favorite ‘knit’ wit who skipped last season showing in New York.

Called “Au Clair de la Lune”, Pierrot was inspired by clowns this season for a signature well edited collection of hand knitted separates, dresses, coats, (grouped in graphic black, white red; shades of gray; confetti like brights). They were presented on performance models who walked down the narrow aisle of the intimate Helen Mills Theater on West 26th Street, and took to the stage against the backdrop of vintage black and white films. Nobody does knits like Pierrot, who is as adept with fitted classic pieces as he is with voluminous, whimsical ones. Almost everything was shown with knitted striped legging and accessorized with a matching knitted hat (there were somewhat conical tall hats and tams with oversized pom poms). By the way, given the downright wintry weather we are coming into, thick, cozy, textural knits seem ever so appealing at the moment.

We were all given our very own knitting starter kit complete with two skeins of burgundy Lion Brand yarn and two red 14 inch Lion Brand knitting needles, which were packaged to show how to knit a scarf (pictured on the back) in one hour. After the show ended, Pierrot took to the stage and invited us to stay and watch “Frenchie the Clown” a 26 minute movie starring who else but Pierrot-- as Frenchie. “Go figure”! (his words not mine).

-Marilyn Kirschner

Other show notes:

Linda Loudermilk

Linda Loudermilk kicked off fashion Week with a collection that was both creative and elegant. Drawing upon nature as an inspiration for her Fall 2007 designs, Loudermilk featured luxurious natural fabrics (hemp satin, organic cotton fur) crafted into playful day and evening wear, including a rainbow one-shoulder silk blouse, a stone gown with trailing icebergs, and a black mad housewife dress in bamboo wool.

The environmental theme extended to the gift-bags: a Loudermilk Jeans organic cotton tank fashioned into a bag filled with eco-friendly goodies.

-Rhonda Erb

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