Tony Cohen Fall/Winter 2010
Not that it ever left, but black is back in a big way as evidenced by Tony Cohen’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection. It is easy to become jaded by black as a New Yorker, since it’s not only a staple but a uniform for most New York fashionistas. So I must admit, I was less than enthused when look after look was featured in black, despite the intricate draping. But after paying close attention to the details, which is really what makes any look interesting, I realized that there were definitely some notable gems. Besides the fact that fabric choice included wool bouclé, seemingly the recurring theme in many shows this season, it was his clever use of leather, lambskin and silk that really got my attention.
Many of the tops were paired with either ¾ leather gloves or jeweled embroidered gloves, which added to the mystique of this collection. However, the pieces that stood out among the rest were the leggings which were displayed in variations that made everyone sit up in their seats. The leggings came in leather and stretched embroidered silk most of which were intricately encrusted. But the most impressive of all, were the silk jewel embroidered MESH leggings! I swear I heard gasps in the crowd, when those leggings graced the runway.
Never would I have expected such show stopping leggings. Yes, they were sheer, but strategically covered with this embroidery so skillfully done and unbelievably sexy; that anyone who ever wore them would instantly feel like a rock star. So let me clarify, before there is any misunderstanding, that the evocation of sex from this masterpiece did not detract from taste. The entire look, complimented by a silk jeweled embroidered blouse and buttoned leather gloves, exuded such a controversial quality, yet possessed an unmistakable aura of class and luxury. Cohen raised the bar after this item was presented, and managed to keep the momentum for the rest of the show. Thereafter, I became a believer of this line and especially of this collection, as it is one I will covet for years to come.
By Lisan J. Simpson
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