Friday evening was definitely a busy evening for yours truly. After attending one presentation at Lincoln Center, I had to race downtown…way downtown…to the Bowery Hotel for the Riviera Club Fall Winter 2011 presentation.
After a near death experience in the cab ride over (which I shared with stylist Shatonia Amee and fellow blogger Ashia Sims), the scene that met us was an interesting one. When we arrived we entered into what seemed like a big soiree. Photographers were snapping shots everywhere and people were schmoozing and walking around with glasses of wine. Not odd if you were thinking the event was a party, but a little if you were expecting a traditional fashion presentation.
As you stepped deeper into the venue, there was a huge table full of bottles of wine, fruits, artesian breads, smoked sausages and more. The “audience” surrounded the table which was populated by gentleman who seemed to be just enjoying the food and drink and having a great time. The “party-goers” at the table were the models– novel idea, and very fitting for the theme of Riviera Club’s Fall presentation.
This season, the brand decided to share the story of the California Wine Renaissance. A twist on the ruggedness of traditional work wear, Riviera Club channeled the marriage of blue collar chic and polished dishevelment. A great collection that was complimented by amazing accessories by Generic Man shoes and Riviera Club’s own hat collection. Styling for this presentation was done by Julie Ragolia and the staged party was designed by famed set designer Michael Sturgeon.
In the early ‘90s, Women’s Wear Daily anointed Byron Lars with the illustrious title of “Rookie of the Year,” after only his second season. An amazingly talented designer whose works have graced the pages of some of the industry’s top magazine, Byron Lars became a household name when he was tapped by Mattel’s Barbie to design a line of limited edition collectible dolls. After a hiatus, Lars is back and again establishing himself as one of America’s premier designers.
Tatu and Moja Barbies by Byron Lars
On Friday, February 11th, the world was reintroduced to Byron Lars with the presentation of his Fall 2011 collection brand Byron Lars Beauty Mark at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. Bringing a sexy, distinctly feminine collection together, Lars showcased Native Americana, a vintage feeling collection with a very strong Native American influence.
Known for his attention to detail, Byron Lars created a collection that showed a love of the female body with lines and fabrications that compliment a woman’s curves. My first thoughts upon viewing the collection was of the award women series “Mad Men,” with the pencil skirts, lace hosiery and ‘40s and ‘50s-esque accessories and detailing. But upon closer investigation, one could clearly see the Native American influence in the types of fabrics featured—particularly the feathers and furs.
The collection wooed those gathered for the presentation including Atlanta-based bloggers Shakira Hightower and Ashia Sims, famed stylists Shatonia Amee and Spry Lee Scott as well as Ebony’s Creative Director Harriette Cole (who was on crutches).