MBFW: Emerson Will Keep You Up All Night
What happens when horror flicks meet the runways of Lincoln Center? Prepare to be shocked –and pleasantly surprised!
It seems that Jackie Fraser-Swan and I have much in common when it comes to drawing creative inspiration from horror films. One key difference: She has some serious skill with a sewing machine. For Emerson’s third Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show, this out-of-the-box designer was inspired by ‘70s fright fests like Carrie, The Amityville Horror, and Burnt Offerings. A few newer movies, including House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, made the cut as well.
Textiles like rich velvet tulle, delicate silks, and soft jerseys were the standard fare of spring shows. But Fraser-Swan’s Emerson stood out with its color scheme and airy, almost ominous flow of fabrics. Models glided down the runway donning shady purples, rich reds, electric blues, and brilliant oranges. Neutral black and white completed the striking color palette.
Skirts ranged from pencils to flowing maxis and everything in between. Meanwhile, babydoll dresses, printed short shorts, and peplum detailing infused springtime playfulness into the line’s dark theme. But the scream queens of this collection were a gorgeous red cutout gown (it gave us the chills!) and a black and white varsity jacket emblazoned with an ‘E’.
Janell Geason for Aveda went to impressive feats to create a smoky eye look that was edgy but not nightmarish. We even spotted Paula Abdul in a show-appropriate red frock. Perhaps the only mishap during the show was a model who stumbled over her black and white striped gown. Luckily, she caught herself in the nick of time–we all know what happens to the unlucky gals who fall during slasher films!
Ladies, if you’re looking to add a heavy dose of edge to your warm weather wardrobe, you’ll find your happy ending with Emerson. No masked murderers included, we promise!
Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.