Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting designer b. michael through mutual friends. Impeccably dressed and passionate about high fashion, b. is always inspired and ready to talk about his passion for design. And this season, I was finally able to make it to one of his shows during Fashion Week. Held in a private salon at Christie's Auction House, this was such an incredible experience, and one so different than attending shows in the Bryant Park tents. The champagne was flowing, old friends were catching up, and when the models came down the runway, fashion- and b.-lovers alike were expressing their joy out loud.
B. designs dresses and separates that make women look and walk taller. His undying devotion to tailoring, color, and fabric choice make for one show-stopper after another. This season's collection was like a group of flowers floating through air, in colors like coral, blue, ecru, azalea, nude, ivory, brown, lily white, wine, wild green, fern green, champagne, navy, orchid white and pear green that all celebrate spring. Combined with fabrics including double-faced silk-wool, vintage silk-canvas, linen, tropical wool-jersey, silk-gazar, silk-brocade, chiffon, satin, and tulle, watching this show was like being in a garden, but one that fit beautifully!
Some stand-out looks included a curved wrap sheath with an architectural hemline in bright pink, a champagne long gown with varying panels of satin under a sweetheart bodice, a rose and coral double-faced wool-silk dress perfect for a formal lunch (and styled to a tee with a massive pale pink hat), and a pure white fitted dress with a skirt made entirely of oversized pleats. Each dress (and suit...the suits, with their wide-leg trousers and statement-making jackets, were equally lovely) was made for a true woman...one who celebrates seasons, celebrates her figure, and with every detail attended to by b. michael's designs, is ready to have her picture taken...