Strike a Pose! It’s Fashion Week

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(Photos: UnBeige)

It’s Fashion Week, and not even a full day of rain can dampen our sartorially minded spirits. Shows and presentations of spring 2010 collections are taking place throughout the city, but the big top is still Bryant Park, where the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored fun kicked off yesterday with a travel theme. In a nod to the event’s imminent move across town, the tents are adorned with images of colorful vintage suitcases, old-school lugggage labels, and flight tickets. “Our tent graphics are a reminder that we will start packing soon, as this is our next to last season in this location,” explains Fern Mallis, senior vice-president of IMG Fashion. “It will take some time to pack up, but the move to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center in September 2010 is exciting for everyone in our industry and beyond.”

The week is young, but an early standout is ERRO by Anna Larson, a moody and modern line that debuted on Wednesday night at the Ohio Theatre in Soho. Inspired by “light in motion, as it is framed, fractionalized, [and] faded by shadows,” Swedish-born Larson presented a cool line-up of worldly, wearable pieces in a graphic palette of white, gray, indigo, and faded black. Most impressive was the craftsmanship, evident in a tunic of washed, pleated, and intricately woven black silk (pictured above, at left) and knitwear (like the tunic at right) made from yarn that had been hand-printed to simulate a sun-baked fade. Distressed and perforated lambskin and corset-like details sealed the deal. “For me, the effect of putting these pieces together is like seeing light slant through half-open blinds,” said Larson in the show notes. “You’re only getting a fraction of the story, and so you gather your own story out of the shadows.”

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