The first thing one noticed upon entering The Box for Yoana Baraschi's presentation (well, after The Real Housewives of New Jersey's table toppling
Teresa Giudice) were all the digital prints. The first was a digital print of a yellow python running across an asymmetrical sheath dress, followed almost
immediately by an emblazoned digital botanica print on a black silk jacquard sheath dress. The print-work didn't strike a great first impression. It looked
amateurish and felt off the mark considering that there's been an almost across the board focus on construction for the past few seasons in the fashion
world. With great designers showing real creative muscle, it felt like a throwaway opportunity.
But making one's way around the room, things really started to change - quickly and for the better. Another residing theme of fashion week has been "the
second skin". Perhaps this dreadfully oppressive winter has given designers cause to consider ways to look chic when layering becomes a necessity.
Max and Lubov Azria played with this idea in their BCBGMAXAZRIA show a couple of days ago, using a white body suit with black cuffs for each of their 34
looks. It's the perfect solution to keeping covered while still highlighting the garment you always meant to wear.
Baraschi had a similar wow-moment with a caramel col roule, color blocked in vicuna with long black sleeves. The up-to-the neck, yet see-through col
roule proved to be one seriously sexy sartorial oxymoron. That top came with an ultraviolet and black boucle striped kilt with (trend #2) leather and metal
buckles. It was hard to walk away from that piece - like an addictive track on an album you haven't finished listening to. But the ultraviolet came back two
looks later in a camel hair cape with black leather inserts. It's a gorgeous coat with the kind of fun and daring color that is risky, yet accessible. Although
that didn't trump the sand boucle hooded cape that came a little later. It may have been a little impractical, being sans sleeves and all, but with those
paralleled narrow inserts for arms, it looked so chic and so meticulously constructed that functionality rapidly went out the window. Hard to believe that
such an impressive piece of craftsmanship came from the same designer who just slapped some cheesy flower-print on a black dress.
POSTED February 14, 2011
Yoana Baraschi Proves That Her Forte Lies in Construction
Instead of On the Easy Stuff With Her Latest Collection
By Alexander Patino