Michelle Mason    LA Fashion Week March 2005
   

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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. 

Poorboy-inspired 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!

ApparelSearch.com Photos of Michelle Mason Runway Show March 2005

Review by Apparel Search

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Review written by Debra Stevenson & Photographs by Carlos Alberto

 

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