It may be bold of me to say, but I think I found the next Alexander McQueen.
On the last evening of NYFW, I went to the Wesley Nault presentation with an open mind. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the designer. I checked out the former Project Runway contestant’s past collections online and saw he had some avant garde, yet wearable designs. In his Fall 2012 collection presented last night, I’d pretty much wear everything. Well, other than the leather and nylon face masks. Just to warn you, they’re not for the faint at heart…but there is a sweetness to balance out his edge.
I overheard a guest saying, this was his best collection yet. Everything came together beautifully in the hotel lobby-like space in SoHo—the Swarovski blinged out (Edward Scissorhands meets goth meets Prada’s spring collection) jewelry by Satori Breonn, the Downton Abbey inspired hair by Timon Cana and the beautifully scary and sad makeup—complete with tears—by Amanda Forsyth. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Wesley Nault!
Below are my highlights from the show:
Accessories designer and friend, Emily Kammeyer and Liz of Dear Andi in Kanvas top (from Something Else, similar online); Chaiken camisole; vintage belt and bag; Wilster skirt (similar); etc… custom headpiece.
On Liz: vintage bag (similar…more affordable and durable than delicate eel skin); c/o Vanessa Mooney pyramid ring and ring from necklace; etc… coin ring; other rings, vintage.
On Emily: Cambridge Satchel bag (similar); Alexander McQueen ring.
As accessories designers, Emily and are were both excited to see the emphasis on accessories at this show. From the statement jewelry to the Louboutins, I think every girl (and some guys) drooled over it all.
We also both happened to wear our neon statement bags to the show to stand out in the sea of everyone dressed in black. A Cambridge Satchel has been on my wishlist for over a year now, and Emily may have convinced me. She was able to carry everything and the kitchen sink, while looking fab. I, on the other hand, could barely fit my iPhone in my delicate clutch…but it still got a lot of attention, being you don’t see eel skin in fashion much these days. One male fashionista instructed me that eel skin should never be worn under the arm, as it can ruin the dye. Noted. At that moment I almost traded my bag for his personally designed Tom Ford clutch.
I think I had some bag envy!