NEW YORK, Feb 14, 2009 / FW/ — An odd connection, and perhaps even reaching on my part; but today at the tents, preview of the documentary “Valentino, The Last Emperor” was playing the whole day. A little known fact about the Roman designer is his long ready-to-wear shows consisting of 75 exits.
Before entering the Venexiana show, I was actually watching the Valentino movie trailer; then, inside The Salon, picking up Venexiana’s run of show, I noticed that there would be 66 exits! Is that déjà vu or just a weird coincidence?
Kati Stern did not waste a single moment in sending her message of luxury and opulence, even during these tough economic times. Opening with a separate made of animal skin, it is about a self-indulgent woman who would not accept anything less than the best.
She is also the type who does not wake up until past 12:00 noon. Everything is for afternoon tea or evening beginning with the sequined cocktail dresses and the flowing pink frocks.
Luxurious and opulent as the collection was, it could actually use some editing. From 66 exits, it could have been pared down to 25 to 35 and the message would have been stronger. But perhaps, that’s what Kati Stern wants – to be over the top even in terms of numbers. After all, the collection was about self-indulgence.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week