From the low-budget runway shows you put on for mom and dad as a kid to the way you now stare longingly into boutique windows its safe to say that youve always had a bit of a thread lust. As an adult your tastes have matured with you. While you still lean toward the glamorous, youve also cultivated a devotion for fine lines, uncommon textures, and shapes that give poise and balance to a bodys form. Thats where Gen Art comes in. The organization is dedicated to showcasing the best emerging designer talent across the country. Its biggest and grandest affair of the year Fresh Faces in Fashion -- is occurring on Saturday in South Beach at the positively plush Gansevoort South Hotel (2377 Collins Ave., Miami). This years installment features a jaw-dropping display of mostly-regional designers, and its your chance to bat an eye at their newest clothing lines before theyre ripped from the models and displayed proudly in boutiques nationally.
All participants are on fames cusp: Georgia-girl-turned-Italian-thread-hound Megan Huntz creates hand-stained, raw silk delicacies that flirt and ripple down the female form. Miamis sister act duo, Shumaq, anchors its ultra xx-chromosomal duds at the shoulders allowing the clothing to play up and down our lovely lady lumps. Grace Suns (New York) collection has a gentle, wearable quality while bringing out a touch of ´70s sophisticate, it stays rooted firmly in the modern. Our best pick for womens fashion is the New York power team Bensoni. Created by Parsons alums Benjamin Channing Clyburn and Sonia Yoon, the petal-like forms of the collection draped over willowy models gives you a hunch of what Olive Oyl might have ascended to if only she had developed a passion for couture. Also, check out menswear by August Alexander, internationally-inspired swimwear by Miamis Fabiana Ferreira, and accessories to pull them all together by Malcolm Fontier, Nazly Villamizar, and Septimo. Tickets cost $45 to $75. Get them before theyre off the rack at 305-695-8200, or visit www.genart.org.
Sat., April 12, 2008