One of my favorite shows this season at NYFW (and one of my favorite shows I’ve ever attended) was Elisa Palomino. Former studio head at John Galliano, Palomino also has worked at Moschino Cheap & Chic, Christian Dior, and most recently, Diane von Furstenberg. This was the very first runway show of her eponymous clothing line.
It was hands down, one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed.
The show took place in The Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. Inside, it looked very much like an old library. A runway was set up with wooden benches in an atrium, backed by large Asian fans and decorated with dozens of hanging lanterns:
The show was small compared to those at the neighboring tents, but the audience was full of influential people, including Palomino’s former employer Diane von Furstenberg, Lynn Yaeger and Patrick McDonald:
The show began with the introduction of a trio of live singers:
Gorgeously embellished dresses made of silks, chiffon, furs, and lace, and big hair dominated the show:
Watching the models slowly walk down the runway was like going back in time to 1930’s Shanghai. A little bit “Lust, Caution” meets Frida Kahlo. With technicolor pink thrown in for good measure.
The makeup perfectly complimented each dress, and the Marie Antoinette style head wear made the already large hair seem even more out of this world.
An amazing, gorgeous dress.
At the end, a smiling Elisa came out to greet an audience that had been completely blown away:
Even the models were cheering and clapping:
Elisa, post-show with friends:
I managed to briefly speak to Elisa and tell her beautiful her collection was. I’m so glad I was there to witness her very first show and meet Elisa, even if I was so excited all I could do was repeat the word “beautiful” over and over.
Fingers crossed that the line gets picked up by all my favorite stores and I can start hunting down one of Elisa’s amazing dresses or jackets!
Much like a reader craves a sequel after finishing a good book in a series, I can’t wait to see whats to come from Elisa Palomino next spring.
See the entire photo set here.
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