In her first runway show in nearly a decade (following an intimate presentation last spring to announce her recently relaunched line), designer Gemma Kahng unveiled a lovely, lyrical collection of couture-level creations in the drawing room of the tony Estonian House in midtown Manhattan on Monday evening.
Focusing primarily on embellished special occasion pieces - with a few well-cut coats and dresses thrown in to the mix - Kahng played to her strengths as a couturier vis-à-vis brocade dresses with puffed velvet sleeves, dresses and suits with sheer tulle necklines, gazar coats paired with sleek velvet leggings, and a killer tulle camisole-sequined leggings look that was the epitome of uptown-downtown chic.
"All the colors and textures and shapes were inspired by Renaissance paintings; Jan van Eyck, artists like that" Kahng explained post-show while accepting congratulatory hugs and kisses from pals like jewelry designer Kazuko, fashion TV personality Lauren Ezersky and Met Museum Costume Institute research associate, Stephane Houy-Towner.
"I had a crash course in Renaissance art history," the designer added with a laugh.
It was obvious from the lovely trio of portrait-worthy mohair-and-tulle bell-shaped gowns she sent out at the end that Kahng is an ace student.
Photos courtesy of Gemma Kahng