>The VENEXIANA Fall 2009 Show

25 Feb

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Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Dan Lecca, Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The Salon Tent at Bryant Park
9:45PM –
Venexiana by Kati Stern was the last show of the day, and what lay at the end of an 8 mile hike around the City. Thus far, we’d logged a few round trips to 11th Avenue’s Forbidden Zone to Bryant Park and then back again and were hoping for a 35 look collection .
Although she showed an almost unheard of 66 looks, Stern kept things moving and had obviously instructed her models to step on it. Stern is an eveningwear designer who favors glamour, textured fabrics and bling. The black paillette evening pants looked restrained, when compared to a gold lame ball skirt and a cheetah print fur jacket. Our biggest question was, “Who is the Venexiana woman”? Our best guess is the wife or girlfriend of a filthy rich Russian businessman – pre the collapse of the Russian oil market.
BEST: The lavender Fortuny inspired dresses with Swarvoski crystals and satin bows as embellishments. In the interests of editing a collection, we would have preferred fewer options and more of focus on the strong Fortuny –inspired pieces.

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