The Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan spring collection was an imagined garden party where the Ramones were playing a secret show crashed by a group of punk rock kids. The collection reflected Fraser-Swan’s known style for contrasts between powerful and classic; free-spirited and sophisticated; all with a punk rock flare.
The garden party inspiration was reflected in the custom prints. “Garden Gate” is a colorful English garden print, which was used on a vertical mirror image on dresses and separates of lightweight silk/cotton and a bottom weight silk crepe. Some of the looks included a shift dress with exposed side zippers and two-way center back zipper, a bomber jacket with coordinating pant with contrast side panels and v-neck party dress with coordinating Peter Pan collar.
Nails were custom designed by Miss Pop with the inspiration coming from the prints used in the collection. For “Garden Gate” Miss Pop created “Garden Catwalk” as an abstraction of the models walking the runway in their Emerson gowns, “a row of colorful characters blazing a path through the deep purple darkness of the excited, assembled crowd.” To create the look, Miss Pop used painted thin strips of color across a nude nail using Ciaté polish in Talent Scout, Raspberry Collins and Palm Tree. On each side of the nail she used Talent Scout to edge create the “crowd” with peeks of nude nail through the colorful field of thin stripes.
The second custom print used for the spring collection was Painted Hounds Tooth that was translated into a hand drawn hounds tooth and as was the on-trend rough black and white stripes. Looks in this pattern group included and midriff top and miniskirt with front side zipper, leg-baring wrap skirt and purple moto jacket and edgy suits of skirts and pants.
Miss Pop created nail designs with edgy stripes that replicated one of the prints used in the collection. She used Ciaté polish in Snow Virgin then using a thin nail art striper brush stroked on Unrestricted Glam to created jagged stripes then topped with a matte finish. To add a punk rock edge, Miss Pop pierced the middle nail with a safety pin.
The final print used in the collection was Allium Flower Field using Fraser-Swan’s favorite flower in a literal translation on both the fabrics and the giant Allium flowers that crowned the models heads. The print is a field of allium over a field of blue used in a wrap mini dress with a purple moto jacket and girlish mini dress with black silk panels and Peter Pan collar. This portion of the collection included a purple leather cutout in a jacket over a black organza dress, stunning purple leather bustier topped a black silk organza gown with a purple leather flower trailing down the skirt.
To design the nail look for the Allium Flower Field, Miss Pop said her “interpretation of spring is clear blue skies over a field of fluffy purple flowers. I wanted to reveal a glimpse of the garden that inspired this collection.” Miss Pop used Ciaté polish in Ferris Wheel to create a blue sky canvas then using a thin nail stripper brush created grass and stems with Palm Tree. She added depth to the grass and stems with Stiletto then with a filbert paintbrush made the purple balls of the alliums using Spinning Tea Cup then used Talent Scout to create volume.
Production for the show was by People’s Revolution. Appearance of Kelly Cutrone had every PR girl in a thrilled tizzy. Spotted sitting front row were Singer Kate Nash, DJ and model Leigh Lezark, actress Emma Kenney, singer Rozzi Crane, Actress/singer Telana Lynum, Stylist Phillip Bloch, Chef David Burke, and Actress Tashiana Washington.