StyleWeek Season 13: A Moving Tribute to Alexandra Nam
The final night included a memorial installation, and runway shows by StyleWeek veterans Stetkiewicz and Jess Abernethy, newcomer DM Label, and returning designer Janet Howard.
The final night of StyleWeek Northeast involved five fashion shows, including a moving tribute to Korean designer Alexandra Nam who died unexpectedly this summer. She was scheduled to present her new collection at StyleWeek’s closing night, and her parents flew in from Korea for the honorary memorial installation honoring their daughter’s work. Seven of Nam’s best designs walked down the runway, including the showpiece, a powder blue ruffled coat that was once worn by Lady Gaga (bottom, middle). The entire audience gave a standing ovation to one of the most inventive and dedicated designers that has ever graced the StyleWeek stage.
The first show of the evening featured StyleWeek veteran, Amy Stetkiewicz. We’ve always loved her hip-hugging handmade leather pants in iridescent and metallic hues, and this time we were also introduced to leather bombers, blazers and motorcycle jackets with asymmetrical detailing and two-way zippers. The final piece was an incredible white leather jacket-dress with a single vertical zipper that was both fashionable and functional.
Jess Abernethy channeled a casual chic vibe by sending models down the runway in edgy sreetwear featuring geometric patterns, mesh material and off-shoulder looks, coupled with platform sneaks. The models must have loved strutting down the runway in comfort, leaving the high heels backstage. Some of the models wore gas masks while sporting futuristic looks; a statement on what could one day be the norm if we don’t take care of our planet.
DM Label focused on career wear with feminine details and — dare we say it? — some sex appeal. This collection is for the successful woman who is not afraid to show her strength and sexuality through fashion. Sheer blouses, soft suiting, demure tie-neck blouses and tight leather pencil skirts commanded the runway, much like they would in the board room.
Designer Janet Howard updated our favorite looks from the 1980’s by modernizing swinging fringe jackets, colorful fur stoals and rocker chick styles. We loved her colorful take on tiny jackets, spaghetti-strapped dresses and sequined tanks. With pieces that must be shown off in public at every chance we get, Howard’s collection just might make Netflix and chill a thing of the past.
Kudos to StyleWeek founder Rosanna Ortiz and team for a successful return to the runway!