One of my favourite shows of NYFW was far and away Jackie Fraser-Swan's collection Lightness and Darkness. Hometown proud...my cup overfloweth! My week was pretty much MADE when Kelly Cutrone pulled me from no mans land in the back row and bumped me up to VIP status for the show.
Debuting her collection on the runway for the first time this season, Fraser-Swan presented pieces that showcased her refined but modern aesthetic. Tie died print, layered upon texture, all in muted tones, and every bit of it fabulous. Don't be scared of the print, this is again, one of those infinitely wearable collections that you could transition from office to night out on the town with aplomb.
Silk, lace and linen were used to create classic silhouettes, layered with motorcycle jackets and vests, along with my personal favourite- tie die turned into a buttoned up suit (so something I would rock in the office). Leather detailing crisscrossed slim cigarette cut pants and covered the appropriate sections of a cut out lace top. Hard and soft, structured and loose, the collection was a play on all of these finely tuned juxtapositions.
Fraser-Swan is based out of Boston, with a showroom on Newbury Street. She studied at the School of Fashion Design in Boston and recalls her roots with the name of the label itself, her middle name and the name shared with her distant relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson. With a Boston pedigree like this, she deserves some local attention.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the tunes- another counter play of hard vs soft and a playlist I had to pull together for the post. If you haven't got The Kills album Blood Pressures, get on it!