Four Presentations, One Night: Saturday At Milk

Last night Milk Studios they hosted not one, not two, but four designer presentations at once, along with a pop-up barbershop-meets-bar thrown in for good measure.

As we made our way to the studios’ eighth floor, the vibe was decidedly relaxed. First up on our list was the Calla presentation. There was no doubt that this collection would err on the side of girly, thanks to the brightly lit space and lighthearted music that greeted us. Standing in one row against a bubble gum pink moiréd backdrop were baby-faced models sporting flouncy dresses and youthful ensembles, gabbing away as if enjoying an afternoon of girl talk and gossip. Upon closer examination, we could tell that the pieces had a more complex foundation than their spritely first impressions led on. Made from interestingly printed fabrics such as ice silk faille and wool jacquard, the collection’s dresses, pants and outerwear were designed with interior decoration in mind, mirroring a home’s wood paneling, mid-century upholstery and graphic granite.

In between the abundance of air kisses and friendly greetings, we managed to catch up with the designer on how she plans to celebrate her success at fashion week. “I think I’ll finally get a breather [after this]. I’m going to have brunch and try to sleep in,” before heading back to her home base of Paris, the 31-year old remarked. Sounds good to us.

Then it was on to the other presentations. Next door to Calla was Oswald Helgason. The feel was drastically different; models stood perfectly still in front of a stark white backdrop. The clothes certainly did the talking at this one –- striking hues, graphic prints and bold color blocking were key to this collection, along with modest silhouettes and understated femininity. The overall feel was architectural and modern and the ambiance, music and even audience mirrored the collection perfectly.

The Alejandro Ingelmo presentation felt like we were stepping into a posh lounge. From the cool background music to the swanky feel of the room, the moody atmosphere was on point with the designer’s sleek collection of accessories. Rows of patent pumps and sexy stilettos were displayed on glossy tabletops, alongside futuristic looking sneakers in metallic silvers, golds and bronzes.

Dean Quinn’s presentation was the last on the list and perhaps the most exhilarating. We were floored by the designer’s impossibly sleek silhouettes in shades of hot pink, red, and royal purple and blue. Floor length gowns were modeled next to thigh high dresses perfect for a glamorous night on the town.

After presentation hopping, we scoped out Gillette’s barbershop and bar combo, which was clearly tailored to the menfolk. Inside, they could get an old-fashioned cut while sipping on a drink whipped up by the resident bartenders. Just your average Saturday night at Fashion Week.

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