Designer: Jackie Fraser-Swan, making her New York Fashion Week debut
Location: The Studio at Lincoln Center
Crowd: Early risers (the show was scheduled for 9am) intrigued by the buzz surrounding this young Boston-based designer (and mother of four), who happens to be descended from poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Inspiration: The changing of the seasons, from darkness to lightness.
First Impressions: Wow! While Bjork's appropriately menacing Army of Me boomed from the speakers, Fraser-Swan sent out 27 incredibly accomplished looks, heavy on the smoky prints, edgy cuts and textural mash-ups. The whole thing felt very modern and very, very fresh—and made me feel very, very happy and privileged to have seen the debut show of this terrifically talented newcomer. Emerson is definitely one to watch.
Standout Piece(s): A tie-dye denim sheath with black calfskin collar, a white spotted sleeveless top and asymmetrical skirt with white caged lace panels at the neck and thigh, and a black-and-white check knit dress that looked, from a distance, like silver liquid mesh.
photos courtesy Randy Brooke