Long regarded as a
designer's designer, Michelle Mason grew accidental applause with her
limited-edition footwear collection before even venturing into the apparel
world. Now, her avant garde styling draws more than just accessories fans,
and offer customers a world of edgy separates in muted urban tones. A
multi-tasking loner, this focused creator controls every aspect of her
business from pacing the runway gait of her models to planting her mentor
Richard Tyler in the front row.
Her rational show
comprised largely comfortable separates with quirky details like twisted,
bunched jackets, ragamuffin layers, unexpected color accents and raw-edged
tweed skirts. Surprising were her Victorian-inspired suitings with stuffy
portrait collars and oversized belt tabs. Waistlines shifted with fluidity
from high to low, always maintaining the same level of urbane chic. A true
barometer of her talent.
knitwear provided charming layers, with cableknit vests, angora halters and
little shrugs looking best. Of course the footwear was eye-catching:
tweed-covered wedge boots deftly implied the season's hot menswear trend and
suede-covered soles conveyed a slightly hooflike toe character. If 7th
Avenue needs another quirky megabrand - this is it!