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As we gathered at Milk Studios for Erin by Erin Fetherston, the crowd got a little heated—literally. Fortunately, fashion folks don't sweat; it's one of the prerequisites for entering the industry, right behind an aversion to practical footwear. When we and the rest of the pituitary mutants finally made our way into the showroom, cool air and a harpist playing in a sequined gown welcomed us. This, we knew, would be a classy affair.
And it was. After all, they were serving miniature macaroons. The models stood before a subtly sparkling slate grey wall and their eyes were painted to match. The background was understated; the collection, however, was something a little more.
If Yigal Azrouël is for the cool girl and Nicholas K is for the rugged cowgirl, then Erin Fetherston's collection is for the girl everyone loves—cute with a touch of cheek, buttoned up with a rhinestone embellishment. The variety of the collection promises something for almost every occasion. Dresses in gold, copper, black, jade, and cream were punctuated with a silk chiffon pattern or knit, each managing a casual elegance, which can be difficult to do when working with gold sequins and rhinestones. Erin pulls it off. See above: the black jersey wrap with cleverly placed brocades, the draped halter gown, or the multiple iterations of the sleeveless dress with a flared skirt.
The models reflected the clothes best when they broke the dead-eye stare to sneak a smile or chew a pink Mentos distributed by a woman equipped with a headset and a Dixie cup full of the confections. These are dresses for ladies, sure, but these ladies are winking.
· Erin Fetherston [Official Website]
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