Kati Stern brought the glamor, the grace and gorgeous feminine figures to showcase her Spring 2014 Collection at Lincoln Center for an evening of elegance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Day 3. Snow, a model from Q Management, summed up the collection as "light, sheer and sexy" after walking in Venexiana for a second season. "You feel like you have nothing on."
Ms. Stern mixed a palette of pastels of aquamarine, turquoise, powder blue, lavender, lilac, with a few flashes of fuchsia, and gradations of orange that made me hungry -- pimento, orange sorbet and peach. Her creations are a hologram of classic Hollywood glamor shots and close-ups of curvy Turner Classic Movie icons, who still light up our lives. The catwalk fluttered and flowed femininity as floated down the runway wearing featherweight materials that sometimes created a winged effect. At other times a femme fatale slinked in smooth satins and strutted in beads and sequins with a high slit flashing a thigh or a deep V-cut catching the eye as a model waltzed by. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor or Sophia Loren in their Hollywood heyday would have filled up those strapless gowns and rounded out some dangerous curves in those gowns.
In the quiet of my mind, when I recall Venexiana collections from seasons past, I see the magical images and imagine myself sipping champagne and eating strawberries, hearing a string quartet playing soft classical music, as I sit in a beautiful rose garden. But everybody knows that when you go to Ms Stern's show you're going to hear loud rock music.
Make no mistake Ms. Stern has an edge. She came out with both barrels blasting -- heavy metal/punk rock music blaring and several strapless gown featuring gunmetal metallic threads, metallic gold and metallic copper.
"I don't want to sound like a dinosaur, but I value my hearing," said an Allure-Italy editor, who was sitting beside me. She's a rocker, but the music sounds so out of place with these gorgeous gowns."
This collection of 73 looks was complimented by Jeffrey Reitz for Tela Design Studio, who styled hair of the models into braided halos. And hours later the makeup by Mehron continued to emit an luminous glow from the face of Snow, when she left Lincoln Center and headed home to her midtown apartment tired but happy.
"I had a chance to talk to her about [the loud rock music]," she said. "When she started out she was working with leather. She never thought she would ever be designing these flowing, feminine clothes. I think she still feels like a powerful and strong woman and it shows [through the rock music]." Her designs of a mix of both classical and rock. Her clothes say 'be careful and walk fast and sexy.'