Sabyasachi Spring 2009
Where & When: Friday, September 12th at 1 p.m., the Salon, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a big star in his native India, and while he might be under the radar in the U.S. for now, expect that to change soon. His whirlwind collection mixed multiple patterns, beautiful embroidery, and leather scalloped to look like fish scales--sometimes all in one look--with a distinct arts-and-crafts influence, but styled with high buns and heavy glasses, for an intellectual-librarian bent. At first the darker colors and heavier fabrics seemed too autumn-like, but it turns out that India's fall takes place during our spring (thanks, person in front of me whom I overheard saying that). With all the talk about designers expanding their businesses to India, it's nice to see what India can offer us (besides, you know, outsourced customer service representatives and computer programmers).
Standout Look: It's hard to see from the photo, but toward the hem of this dress, round mirrored pailettes and beads begin to accent the circular pattern. I also loved the whimsical outer shoulder pads. It was truly stunning and a definite statement-maker.
Bonus Points: People's Revolution handles Sabyasachi's PR, so whilst waiting for the show to start, I got to see everyone's favorite "power bitch" Kelly Cutrone pace the runway, telling people to move their bags and ordering her employees around. I now totally have a girl crush on her.
Where to Buy: Good question; try contacting People's Revolution.

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