Kati Stern for Venexiana showed her Fall 2014 collection of a mind-blowing 68 gowns at the Pavilion at Lincoln Center on Feb. . The Pavilion was set up with four rows of runway, which must be the bane of every model walking in sky-high heels and puddles hems.
Known for rock-n-roll haute couture show powered through all 68 looks with a pounding punk rock with music ranging from The Saints to Iggy Pop. The gowns were movie starlet dramatic with an edge, which was emphasized with makeup by Dani Fonesca for Alcone Company with dark lips in a deep berry/black and dark eyes. Hair by Phillip Pelusi was a braided halo.
The gowns in the collection are tailored to hug the body and provide flowing movement – one had to watch them coming and going to appreciate the full execution of the designs. Most of the silhouettes were beautifully draped sheaths with crystal details and fluid trains.
Memorable looks were the strapless graphite silk gown and NAFA graphite silver fox jacket, both with Precoiosa crystals, and the one-shoulder aquamarine sequin gown with crystal detail.
Under the gowns was the Shibue Couture newly debuted stapless panty which eliminates one of the biggest fashion faux pas in the world: the visible panty line. The one-of-kind, washable and reusable Shibue® Strapless Panty uses a soft and silky silicone gel adhesive that is applied on the top front and back of the panty, leaving nothing but a traditional style thong in between with a cotton liner for protection. With many of the sheer looks room Venexia, there were indeed no visible panty lines.
Offering exquisite fabrics, focused tailoring and witty embellishments, Venexiana launched in 2003 by designer Kati Stern, the collection is sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and other leading retailers around the world.
Born and educated in Europe, Kati Stern is not only an acclaimed fashion designer; she is also a professional architect, a classically trained pianist and a passionate flamenco dance.