StyleWeek Northeast: Stephanie Kolanko and Zev Schwartz
Between Kolanko's super-feminine, wearable looks and Schwartz's imaginative avant garde creations, it was a collision of fantasy and reality.
With designers Stephanie Kolanko and Zev Schwartz sending collections down the runway, StyleWeek Northeast's second night of shows incorporated both ends of the fashion spectrum. Between Kolanko's super-feminine, wearable looks and Schwartz's imaginative avant garde creations, it was a collision of fantasy and reality, those two opposing spheres of fashion that make it an art form as much as it is a necessity.
Kolanko, a recent University of Rhode Island graduate, designed her debut collection with effortless summer style in mind. Looks progressed from day to night, starting with soft pastels and moving into flashy metallics. Cutouts, lace and ruffles were incorporated throughout.
The show took a 180-degree shift in feel with the appearance of Zev Schwartz's first look. The recent graduate of RISD, set a playful tone with an upbeat hip hop soundtrack to accompany his tribal inspired looks. Color was on full display, with the exception of a sheer-paneled white swimsuit and a metallic dress accented with stud detailing. Cartoonish tribal faces accented the majority of Schwartz's dresses and knitwear, and the models were similarly adorned with colorful face paint and slick fishtail braids in their hair. With each look more unique than the last, it was a fun and fearless StyleWeek debut for the young designer.