Kati Stern, the genius behind the Venexiana label, is one of those overly-accomplished people we love to hate. In this case, however, we just have to love her. Ms Stern’s Fall 2009 Collection was simply “deco-dent.” Models looked as if they walked directly out of a Tamara de Lempicka painting and onto the runway—glamorous, statuesque and glowing in shimmery tones of gold. As per usual, we saw no shortage of fur and luxurious fabrics. Rich, buttery satin; tonal, metallic jacquard; sheer, luminescent silk (and I do mean SHEER – panties were visible through more than one ensemble) and, of course, leather were the staples of the collection. Stern also showed some black sequin-embellished dresses which were stunning – my favorite pieces.
Evidence of her former career (well, one of them at least) in architecture was apparent in the shape and lines of the pieces. Even the hairstyle (every model wore the same), which was pulled back with geometric, blunt bangs, portrayed a sense of structure. Proportion was long and lean, peplums decorated columnar and strapless dresses, and empire seams cut across many styles providing opportunity to combine fabrics and play with necklines and bodice treatments. Asymmetry played a big role through hemlines, slanted seams and one-shoulder ensembles (as was the case with many designers this season – and last). Ms. Stern kept things from looking too severe by adding pretty bows, rosettes, fluttery sleeves and feminine fabrics. She showed a very cohesive and well-executed collection and I’m sure we’ll be seeing many of these looks on many red carpets.
Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn