StyleWeek Northeast: Jillian Banta, Millie Bautista and Chances R Designs by Toni Lyn Spaziano
All three runway shows featured wearable clothing for the working woman, as well as fun evening and special occasion looks for the daredevil vixen.
For this show, it was clear Jillian Banta’s inspiration came from the Mad Hatter tea party. Miniature hats and teacup hairpieces sat atop heads, and one blonde model wore a silver satin argyle print dress that would suit a modern-day Alice in Wonderland. Much loved was the playful leather full skirt paired with a metallic silver fitted one-shoulder tank. Vivid rust orange and mustard yellow provided contrast to the mostly black and gun metal line. The finale dress was a majestic brown satin gown with black leather accents and lacey beaded embellishments. jillianbanta.com
This collection featured looks for the working girl who likes to have fun. Beautifully constructed menswear got an upgrade with unusual textures like tweed paired with ostrich leather, interesting back cut-outs for a little bit of edge and exaggerated sleeves. Trouser construction also stood out with pant legs that are baggy at the top and more fitted around the ankles. Bautista invented a whole new type of pant style! milliebautista.wix.com/milliebautistai
Spaziano’s extensive line featured looks of the “Mad Men” era crossed with Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Pencil skirts and jackets earned a bad girl vibe and Chanel-like tweed got an edge with sheer panels, leather accents and fun, exposed zippers up the sides of skirts and leather pants. The collection featured dozens of complementary wearable looks that can be mixed and matched with pants, blouses, jackets and skirts, but the showstopper came at the end, an evening gown straight out of Hitchcock’s Birds; hundreds of black feathers were sewn along the floor-length skirt and the model wore a feather collar that framed her face like an ominous raven. chancesrdesigns.com