For Autumn-Winter 2014, Erin Fetherston found inspiration in the legendary Barbizon Hotel. Part residence, part charm school, the hotel was a destination for young women in pursuit of big city dreams. Home to famous midcentury beauties like Grace Kelly, Cybill Shepard and Edith Bouvier Beale, the Barbizon held the promise of who you could become; the possibility of a life more glamorously lived. Fetherston’s collection of refined and feminine frocks was imbued with this same sentiment. A charmed life awaits, we need only dress the part.
Playing on Camelot era codes of feminine dressing, Fetherston worked with decadent jacquards, delicate laces and rich textures to create dresses with her signature polish. Elegant gowns were rendered in lush velvet devorés and romantic floral motifs with gilded touches. Cocktail dresses were defined by their statement making skirts, ranging from sleek and slim to flirty and flared. Separates make their entrée by way of illusion; cleverly constructed pop-over tops and exquisitely embellished chiffon tees adjoin bell and ball skirts alike. Bold floral pastiche prints adorn neoprene and silk ottoman, adding a decidedly modern punch to the designer’s romantic palette of wintery pastels and dazzling hues of emerald, sapphire, and ruby.
Erin accessorized her frocks with shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
The collection was presented at the Great Room at the W Hotel in Union Square which felt like one was invited to a chic cocktail party where you were free to mingle with the guests and the models alike. As the black mohair sweater on the model said “Charmed, I’m Sure”.