Chocheng Spring 2010

Where & When: Thursday, September 17th at 6 p.m., the Salon, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Chocheng took a 180-degree turn from the fussy, '80s-inspired suits and gowns he showed last season, in favor of a much cleaner, minimal collection in a strict black and white color palette that truly showcased the artistry of his design. He kept the adornments simple--architectural, uniform ruffle trim along the neckline or front--the better to highlight his expertly cut sheath dresses and gorgeously draped jackets. This was one of the few shows I saw this season in which the audience broke out in spontaneous applause--particularly for a strapless turquoise gown toward the end, modeled by Behati Prinsloo--and with what appeared to be many clients in attendance, I think Chocheng can expect to have a successful spring.
Standout Look: While I enjoyed watching all the variations on a theme that came down the runway, the series of flouncy, draped capelets were among my favorite looks. I especially liked how the volume of the jacket contrasts with the short, fitted pencil skirt.
Bonus Points: As I neared the end of Fashion Week, I was a little sad to not see one of my favorite models, Coco Rocha, in any of the shows I attended. But, lo and behold, she closed this show in dramatic fashion, in a très ladylike bridal gown.
Where to Buy: Chocheng atelier, 49-51 E. 63rd St.

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