In and of the city took a new meaning with the Georgine Fall/Winter 2017 show, though the designs were not quite fully of the city. The collection was inspired by transient dwellings of powerful names in history: Coco Chanel, Oscar Wilde, Howard Hughes. While vastly different with their backgrounds and callings, they each found their abode in the upscale scenes of hotels, ranging from The Ritz to The Chelsea Hotel.
“A place to party, a place to be creative,” the official description said. “To make love and be loved, an escape from government, war, religious and social oppression.”
The muted golds, bold reds and royal blues exemplified the auras of these iconic New York City locations, and there was surprising diversity among the models, which served the collection well. Designer Georgine Ratelband paired model skin tones well with her varied colors, hues and prints — the designs even complimented and mimicked their makeup.
These naturally gorgeous pairings illustrated her brand that puts femininity on a pedestal with elegant curves and cuts. This season brought classy mesh cutouts, loose shimmering fabrics and luscious colored furs that captured powerful and confident women.
As the material flitted around the models’ silhouettes, it encompassed the dancing, flirtation, sex, glamour, smoking and casual encounters penned in the description, and look nine, inspired by the Sunset Tower Hotel, truly elicited these fun, mysterious times.
“You might even see the dwellers of the past,” the description concluded. “Forever engaged in their own invented escapism.”
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