Monarchy Collection Fall 2009
Where & When: Saturday, February 14th at 7 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Considering what little I knew about Monarchy going into their show on Saturday night--which was that the line was denim-focused and based in Los Angeles--I was expecting the worst: distressed jeans and tattoo tees. However, I was pleasantly surprised by what designer Eric Kim sent down the runway: cool, draped jersey dresses, shrunken washed leather jackets, and lots of good-looking coats, from trench coats to puffer jackets. True, he played it safe with a pretty neutral palette, but then again, that's the route that a lot of designers are taking this season, and the jackets were just so damn cool, I'm willing to overlook it.
Standout Look: An object of desire if I've ever seen one, this is a leather biker-jacket dress. It's so edgy-genius, I'm surprised no one has thought of it before. (My apologies for using a stock photo--my last-row seat did not provide the best angle from which to take my own photos--they're all blurry and the models are tiny.)
Bonus Points: In true West Coast style, the front row featured Jennifer Love Hewitt (who is skinny!), Rex Lee (a.k.a. Lloyd from Entourage), AnnaLynne McCord (a.k.a. Naomi from the new 90210), and Miss J. Alexander, who entertainingly gave the models a once-over as they strutted by him.
Where to Buy: Saks, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and more locations at Monarchy's website.

1 comment

Unknown said...

Glad to see that you liked the show. We worked really hard on it. It is too bad that LA designers have a really bad rep of tattoo t's, thanks Christian Audigier, and distressed denim. That's why we launched Monarchy Black, to move on from the LA stigma, and create beautiful and wearable clothes that can move forward from LA to the rest of the world.
Tracie May-Wagner
Director of PR