To the delight of a capacity crowd, Andy South hosted four of his Project Runway Season 8 friends at a fashion show at Ala Moana’s CenterStage at noon yesterday.
Casanova, Christopher Collins, Michael Drummond and Mondo Guerra showed their latest collections, giving Honolulu’s fashion crowd a special treat: insights into what they have been doing since season 8 ended.
Many of us had an opportunity to see Andy South’s fall 2011 collection last month during Ala Moana Center’s Shop a Le’a. Not only did the audience love the collection, Neiman Marcus Ala Moana will be carrying it in the fall.
At today’s show I sat next to Lucy Chelini, merchandising manager for Neiman Marcus Ala Moana, and we found lots of clothes to get excited about, especially from the collections of Christopher Collins and Michael Drummond.
Here’s a bit about what we saw and heard on the runway:
Casanova, who uses a single moniker, said he has been working feverishly on building a website for his spring/summer 2012 collection. He has been traveling a great deal (he just returned from Puerto Rico) and is anxious to get home to New York “to rest.” His palette is predominately black and white, with pops of gold and a few neon brights.
Michael Drummond, who specializes in knitwear, is inspired by textures, fibers and Japanese designers. He also derives inspiration from stories and before coming to Hawaii he read a great deal about Hawaiian folklore, so perhaps we can expect an upcoming collection to reflect that.
He calls his line “The Exquisite Corpse,” a name which came from “a 1920s surrealist game.”
Andy asked Michael about his design process and he explained that he used to design from sketches but now begins with draping. “I get an idea in my head and I just drape,” he said. Andy said he tried on every piece in Michael’s collection and “I wanted every piece.”
Lucy and I agreed – the collection is wearable, elegant and unusual.
Folks in today’s audience were the first too see Christopher Collins’ Holiday 2011 collection because, he said, “It’s right off the sewing machines.” He said the colelction is inspired by film noir and art nouveau. It is a highly versatile, and functional, collection that can be layered and accessorized to take a woman from day to night.
The textures, colors and fabrics are all luxe and luscious. Lucy and I were lusting after nearly every piece in this collection. it has an air of romance, yet is extremely wearable and practical.
Since the end of Season 8, Mondo has been traveling the world wiht a message: “There are bigger things in the world to address than just getting up and getting dressed.”
Mondo’s current platform is to refocus the world’s attention on AIDS.
Mondo’s inspiration for this collection is Matisse, Mondrian and drive-in movies. “When I design, I pull from whatever makes me happy,” he said with a Mondo grin. The collection is a burst of bold black-and-white prints, mixing polka dots, houndstooth and stripes and accessorizing them with parasols and adorable little saucer-like chapeau – very Mondo, indeed.
– Paula Rath