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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Christian Cota's fall 2010 collection styled by Vogue's Lauren Santo Domingo
TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY-VAN ZUTPHEN
WHEN & WHERE
We arrived into Mr. Cota's usual presentation space which was MUCH fuller than seasons past. Right off the bat we were distracted by the vision on the platform of a dozen Anna Wintours posing in a variety of sparkly red and black, and black and teal geometric patterned dresses. On closer inspection, the "Anna's were actually models styled in Anna Wintour bob wigs. There were 20 Annas up on stage.
The fact that Vogue's Lauren Santo Domingo styled the show ensured the presence of fashion heavyweights such as Candy Pratts Price, the longtime Accessories Director of US Vogue, and part of Anna's inner circle. Anna herself showed up - a first time for Cota presentation.
As for the clothes, our initial reaction was, "Not so much", but after mulling it over and having a look at the pics we took, we grew to like it more and more. The sparkly dresses were a welcome change from the overly blinged-out pieces weighed down by Swarovski quite a few designers still insist on doing. Perhaps this is due to the collaborations Nadja Swarovski has arranged with an astonishing number of designers, including Peter Som, and Yigal Azrouel.
We're glad Mr. Cota has chosen to move forward and keeps "doing his own thing". The geometric pattern worked well in the cocktail dress when the black accent stripe was less pronounced. The wide black band on the longer version seemed a bit off, or at least, was distracting. Overall, the collection had a sophisticated yet arty tone, and more than one of the pieces on the podium is sure to make it into the pages of Vogue.
Images of Event, VGK-VZ and Mark Behnke
Image of black and blue sheath, courtesy of Christian Cota
Image of L. Santo Domingo and C. Cota - from www.style.com