Notes From Fashion Week Spring 2009 The Malo Runway:
I had a short hiatus between shows, and noticed a fashionable crowd gathering on the steps of the New York Public Library at 42nd street. Investigating further, I discovered that people were going to the Malo runway show. I hadn’t been invited, but was told that I could join the standing room line. I was excited about seeing this show…Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s debut for Malo for Spring/Summer 2009. I waited patiently (Fashion Week is all about lines, standing, and lots of patience).
Standing Room Only
Of course I got standing room -ugh! Eventually, minutes before the show, “standing room” was admitted. I noticed Nina Garcia and other fashionista note-ables in the celebrity-studded front row. There were lots of air kisses and exclamations. Then eventually the din of greetings in English and Italian, quieted down.
Out came the parade of dresses, pants, skirts, jackets, vests, and sweaters, some in bold brights of purple, emerald green, and peony, but most in very subdued tones of ivory, dove grey, taupe, greyed green, tea rose, and blue.
Bold and Tough
I was in the back, and couldn’t see the “bold” and “tough” looking shoes and boots, or the zippers and bold accessories that supposedly added a balance to the very delicate, sheer, sexy-but-ladylike creations. But I could see the clothes. Body conscious designs in cashmere, the designer’s signature fabric. They were light-as-a whisper, often shredded or sheer, in layers, or festooned with large “Jewels.” Designs that are spare, bare, sheer, and sexy (but still refined) mean you need a level of confidence, not to mention a great body.
However, taken as separates, while many of the pieces were seriously fashion-forward, the knitwear, a bejeweled sweater or a jacket, a skirt or pants, or one of those gossamer dresses worn with another layer, would certainly add pizazz to a wardrobe with the resources to own these unusual pieces.