Edition Georges Chakra Fall 2010

Where & When: Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: Oftentimes, when one enters a fashion show, one is greeted by a designer's diatribe on what has inspired them this season. Sometimes the references are obvious, sometimes they're oblique, but, regardless, you ponder the Big Ideas behind the collection and fret over how to work them into your review. At Edition Georges Chakra, there were no such notes--only a run-of-show sheet listing the 42 looks--and thus I was able to sit back and enjoy the show. Edition is chiefly an eveningwear affair, and the show flowed from fitted cocktail sheaths into sharply tailored suits and tuxedos, ending with flashbulb-worthy gowns sure to be seen soon on a red carpet near you. What makes Chakra's designs interesting is his adventurous use of fabrics, mixing futuristic materials like lamé wool and glazed wool gabardine with classic Chantilly lace and always-in-style chiffon. While a series of backwards tuxedo dresses were a little Celine-Dion-circa-1997, the sexy laser-cut gowns more than made up for the missteps.
Standout Look: If this is the future of red carpet fashion, then beam me up: a one-shoulder gold lamé gown with an asymmetrical cutout detail slashed across the front. The fit on this gown, as with all in the show, was impeccable.
Bonus Points: There's nothing like a little electronica to wake you up in the morning, and this show featured, among other songs, the weirdly hilarious "No Milk" by Munk and a strange but oddly appealing remix of "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear.
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