Jeremy Laing Defines Downtown Style

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The young, hip and forward-thinking Canadian-based designer Jeremy Laing, another personal favorite of mine, presented his Spring/Summer 2011 collection on the final day of New York Fashion Week. Jeremy is a master of draping geometric patterns and creating unique looks that are innovative and cool. His color blocking is superb and frankly, anyone who can pull off mixing leather with linen is a genius in my book.

Backstage, Hung Vanno, for M.A.C., created a muted face to accompany the collection. The skin was evened out with foundation and powder to sculpt and shape. Eyes were swept with a hint of gray shadow, with no liner or mascara. The lips were fresh with a hint of orange lipstick, an overwhelming popular shade this Fashion Week.

Marco Santini for Ion Studio created the understated hair look. Hair was brushed back off the face and pulled back into a new version of the ponytail, with a strand of the model’s own hair used in place of the standard rubber band. Brilliant.

The runway presentation focused on the flowing, linen dresses, perfect for a fabulous brunch or a night out in the Meatpacking District. I adored the use of leather, which is experiencing a skyrocketing rise in popularity lately. One of the best looks featured in the show was Laing’s Pinch-Front Shell in Taupe Leather with Hitched Short in Black Leather. Put together with a sexy pair of heels or short leather booties, I call this the ultimate in Downtown eveningwear when the temperatures start to rise. For a designer working out of Toronto, Jeremy certainly knows what works for this New York girl.

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