One of the most difficult things that anyone in the creative world faces, is making sure that they do not fall into monotony. I have the hardest time myself, keeping my own writing fresh and current, because it’s an awfully daunting task. My advantage is that working with words, I have literally hundreds of thousands to choose from to make whatever point I’m trying to put forth. Now imagine having a fraction of that and a fraction of that and even a fraction of that. We are now at the level of choice in fabrics and colors that a fashion designer has to work with. Furthermore, much like any other artist, they have two additional choices; will this be a practical or conceptual application? Those on the conceptual side have a lot more leeway than those on the practical, because they lack the need for retail acceptance by the wider population. This makes the job of the designer that wants to actually sell clothing, much more difficult. That is a ever shrinking fine line designers have to walk, who want to sell the clothing that they put onto the runway. This is what separates the great from the bland.
Francesca Liberatore is very talented when it comes to accomplishing the feat of showcasing clothing on the runway, that the world would want to wear everyday. Her spring/summer 2018 NYFW show displayed clothing that could be worn in a wide variety of environments. Garments made for outdoor events that are sheer, light and flowing. Perfect for a casual summer event, where someone would not want to feel constricted. Miss Liberatore also created ensembles that would be at home at a semi and even formal soirée. What makes her more formal designs so unique, is that unlike other designers, she was able to stay away from the ubiquitous use of black in evening wear. The route that she took was to create clothing garnished with very intricate patterns and stitchings. As much as I love Pantone #000000, it was nice to see elegant after dark attire, brightly colored and decorated. There’s nothing worse than going to an evening affair and it resembling a funeral repass, because everyone has on a black dress.
Miss Liberatore‘s summer line was not a rehash or watered down version of her fall/winter line, it was completely original. Something that is quite possibly the most challenging thing a designer has in front of them. Once again, not taking the path of least resistance, she shows why her designs are some of the freshest and best we get to see at NYFW. All Hail Francesca!!!