Punk Meets Girly at Emerson by Jackie Fraser Swan #NYFW
The lights go down in the Lincoln Center Pavilion and “Team” by Lorde comes on. A model with patent leather Doc Martens, a punk dress, and lilac-tinted braids walks out. I look across the aisle and realize I’m seated across from Shaun Ross, model and Lana del Rey’s co-star from her music video, “Tropico.”
As you can tell, the Emerson by Jackie Fraser Swan show was off to a good start. The collection was full of ruffled see-through black chiffon mixed with edgier pieces like an all sequin black snowsuit and a sweatshirt that said “BREAK THE MOLD” on it. I loved the mix of edgy and girly and the color palette—black, white, and lilac—was on point. Pantone picked lilac (well, the shades “radiant orchid” and “mauve mist”) as one of their colors of the year and Jackie Fraser Swan did the color proud.
The show itself was in the large square pavilion and the runway cut the room into angular segments, with a triangle in the middle. The music was from Lorde, Lana del Rey and Patti Smith and it all added to the punk spin the show had. The pieces were sweet but a little cheeky with see through cutouts and arresting pieces like the show stopping final gown—a floor length sequin dress with a deep v down the middle.
The show ended with the designer walking the runway with her four adorable girls, all in matching black and white checked frocks with lilac blouses underneath that looked like mini versions of dresses that could have been part of the collection.
*thanks to Katie Rice for this report