Although most of the shows are still held at the Bryant Park tents, increasingly, a lot of the truly innovative and interesting designers are showing elsewhere at the same time. It’s challenging to run around town from one location to another. Today, however, I was fortunate to be able to report on the Loris Diran show.
Loris Diran is a really striking man, but he’s a fashion designer with a Fine Arts degree from NYU. After graduation, Diran went on to work for such legendary design houses such as Versace, Claude Montana, and Chanel. In 2003, Diran launched a collection of luxury knits, and in 2005 he started his signature men’s line, immediately followed by a Women’s Ready To Wear collection. Fans of Diran’s designers include Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce Knowles, Ricky martin, Jonathan Rhys Meyer, and Nicolette Sheridan. His designs were also featured in the hit film, “THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA“.
For Fall 2009, Diran’s inspiration was Japanese Armor. You can certainly see Shogun-eque elements and Japanese Elements in these designs. The clothes were body-conscious, very structured, some dresses for the ladies with strict corseting. But luxurious fabrics soften the looks and made them pretty in the ladies collection, powerful-looking but hip, in the men’s.
Accordingly, the hair and makeup for the show (hair by Christo, Makeup by Dex New York) were meant to showcase the “Shogun” or Japanese armor vibe. Christo, shown in the photo on the left, is known for his genius especially with wavy or curly hair, but the style he devised for the Loris Diran show would work on any type of hair. Christo explained that he wanted to do a downtown, bohemian look with a bit of the 1930’s in it, and also cater to the Japanese armor theme. That’s a tall order! Since many of Diran’s designs have high necks, he needed a style that would look clean and be lifted away from the neckline. You can’t see it in this photo, but one side of the model’s hair is flat against her head, while the other is braided, adding an interesting dimension as she walked down the runway. I wouldn’t attempt this complicated style alone at home, but you could braid both sides of your hair, pull it back into a ponytail and then into a modified chignon, and you’d have a bit of this interesting look.