I loved Rubin Singer’s fall collection; it was simple, dark and wearable-a New Yorker’s dream. His Spring 08 collection proved to be the opposite. Although it’s refreshing to see a designer branch out and take risks, Singer’s collection resembled something Melanie Griffin would have sported in Working Girl. The power-type suits with exaggerated shoulders and leather miniskirts conjured up images of part of that era I’d rather forget. Rather than using suits with this fit to celebrate springs new form-fitting and flattering shapes, the outcome of this collection was harsh and stale.
Bright yellow once again ruled the runway here, coupled with white and black accents. Geometric, asymmetric and python were a driving force. A few delicate pieces made an appearance with sweet lady-like shapes and colors, but were not enough to round out a successful spring.
Backstage the hair, lead by Fernando Torrent of L’Atelier, was coiffed into a tight slicked knotted bun atop the head, lending the attention to the face. Make-up, by Izuki at the Wall Group, was a delicate pallet for the face with dramatic and heavy eyes, an affect that was both unique and lovely. Coal liner was used to draw sharp lines around the lids to create an almond shaped, doe-eyed stare.
Love it – The make-up was fabulous and a few of the evening gowns deserved attention.
Leave it – The collection too closely resembled Robert Palmers “Simply Irresistible” video. Everything from the lines to the color palette and the fabric was harsh.