Elise Øverland impressed Sunday afternoon at Exit Art in Hell’s Kitchen with a Spring 2011 collection that moved beyond her signature skin-tight, black leather,
demonstrating an expanded breadth of style. The collection was a needed maturation for the four-year-old label by the Norwegian platinum blonde who got her start styling rock ‘n roll musicians for the stage, and frequently cavorts with socialites such as Nicki Hilton and Amanda Hearst and rock royalty such as Kelly Osborne—all of who were seated front row.
The show began with a series black and cream looks that were kept more town than country by unexpected leather accents, such as a prominent black leather stripe down the center of mod shift dress and a demure cropped pant paired with a sleek leather shell.
It wasn’t until the eighth look that we saw spring’s incarnation of after-party-ready, black leather mini dress Øverland is renowned for—and this season’s version is as sexy as ever, with a deep v down the front and cream canvas capped sleeves and collar. Staying close to her musical roots, Øverland thrilled audiences with a surprise walk down the runway by acclaimed violinist (and gender ambiguous) Hahn-Bin in a black leather skirt.
Violinist Hahn-Bin Performs at Elise Øverland
The palette expanded to include electric blue, turquoise, and olive. A color-blocked silk dress was easy-to-wear (not a term typically associated with Elise Øverland), and sleeveless blue top paired with a tiered and wide-slit black skirt exuded modern elegance. A series of transparent black and white lace looks were simultaneously delicate and edgy. The lace was ideal for juxtaposing with leather, which Øverland did to perfection in a black leather jumpsuit paired with a bell-sleeved white lace top.
Tiering was a prominent trend and was artfully executed on mini dresses and skirts in a variety of fabrics. The final pass of neon chartreuse gowns were brilliantly tiered in alternating rows of lace, iridescent edging, and peek-a-boo paneling—proving you can lose the leather but keep the edge.
Round up. . .
Trends: tiered fabrics, black leather, color blocking, lace, bell sleeves
Celebrities: Nicky Hilton, Amanda Hearst, Kelly Osbourne, hotelier Andre Balazs and Diana Picasso, Klaus Biesenbach, Hope Atherton, Minne Mortimer, Gillian Jacobs, Jessica Hart, Irina Shayk, Anya Ziourova, and violinist Hahn-Bin.
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