By Madeline Fisk
From the boutique hotel setting, music by a cellist echoing throughout the enchanting grand hall to the models emerging in gowns fit for a princess, the Gemy Maalouf Fall/Winter 2017-18 presentation was one to remember.
Held at the Bowery Hotel the Gemy Maalouf show wasn’t going to be your typical runway show. The hotel set the scene and upon arriving I knew this show was going to be all about the glamour and glitz. Guests were ushered into a long grand hall with lavish couches and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Taking a spot on a couch we waited for the show to begin. Rather than loud booming music to start the show a cellist began his gentle music. Models entered the room 8 at a time and walked up and down the long hall before posing in a row together and exiting the runway.
The entire collection was elegant and sophisticated. All the pieces could easily go from the runway to the Met Ball. The details on each piece were exquisite. Stand out pieces from the collection included:
A gown with a sheer beaded bodice, chiffon ruffle sleeves and a champagne silk ball gown skirt,
A black dress with a deep V-neck beaded top and sheer panel at the waist before cascading into a sheer tulle A-line skirt,
A floral ball gown with fringe detailing all over,
And a black high neck gown with a lace peplum that went into a full textured skirt.
The models makeup was kept simple with a red lip and subtle eye makeup. The hair was a Victorian inspired up-do; twisted back for volume and then fell into loose curls.
The show concluded with all the models doing a final walk through followed by the designer herself. What was unique about this show was after the presentation it almost felt like a Gatsby-esque party as the models walked around the room and mingled. The Gemy Maalouf presentation was not just about the clothes it was about presenting a story. Sadly, upon leaving the soirée I was transported right back to a cold & rainy February NYC night.
To see the rest of the collection visit, http://www.gemymaalouf.com
Photos: Jerry Tian Ying Min