Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Dan Lecca, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
TIME & PLACE:
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Promenade Tent at Bryant Park: 3 shows in 1
ACT1: NICHOLAS K was a Men’s and Women’s collection of tough and rustic gray tweed suiting that’s sure to keep you warm. For work there were some bohemian leather and shearling jackets. When it’s time to kick back and play some pool or shoot some darts at the bar, there are earth toned jean jackets lined with shearling and cozy looking plaid shirts and jackets. Lest this sound unfeminine, there was a little bit of LA thrown in to sex things up, such as over the knee boots worn with opaque tights and shorts and rocker girl darkly shadowed eyes.
BEST: the long knit black vest with fringe for day and the denim blue silk caftan with black leggings.
MOST UNUSUAL ACCESSORY THIS WEEK: the peacock feather thirties style hats in green/aqua or orange/gold.
For more on the Nicholas K line, visit
ACT 2: SERGIO DAVILA
Mr. Davila proposed tow very different silhouettes, one very fitted and buttoned up – brown side vented suit jackets and trousers worn with shirts buttoned all the way up, for the men. On the more relaxed side, there was a black quilted coat with a black collar. The black glitter lame dinner jacket would be fine while in Vegas on a lost weekend hitting the tables on the Strip. For the women, there were big comfy cowl neck sweaters and big rapper style military jean pants and thick crimped pony tails Barbie would envy to go with it.
For information on the Sergio Davila line, visit
ACT 3: MARA HOFFMAN
Ms. Hoffman opened with some strong silk print pieces. There was a strong multi-cultural influence [zebra, Greek key, peacock, Indian Ottavalo music] throughout.
Ms. Hoffman kept things soft with her beautiful flowing wool coats and ponchos. The Rachel Zoe style Boticelli curls contributed to the pretty, feminine vibe.
The threaded bodice detailing, fringing, liberal use of grommets, and ruffles spoke of a free spirited bohemian who isn’t afraid to express her individuality.
BEST: the black double-breasted A-line coat dress with brass buttons.