Located in-between 8th and 9th ave. at 33rd street, just walking up to the giant New York Fashion Week, The Shows sign is an adrenaline rush on its own. To escape the cold I entered Skylight at Moynihan Station. Entering the inviting, warm venue I knew this was the perfect way to start my fashion show experience. This particular show held a few firsts for me. I would not only photograph the show, but also go backstage to shoot video of an exclusive interview for Fashion Mingle with fashion designer Francesca Liberatore.
It was amazing to see the behind-the-runway craziness of a major New York fashion show. From coordinating to directing, witnessing the intensity was exhilarating. Makeup and hair teams gussied up model after model, while stylists steamed wardrobe all prior to show time. The models eventually made their way to the runway for the pre-show walk through.
After the walk through, my Fashion Mingle team and I were able to catch up with fashion designer Francesca Liberatore to conduct the interview. Arielle Breedyk began the interview, while I shot video of it. Julie Stanley took photographs of the interview and backstage, to capture every moment.
While shooting the video, it was intriguing to hear the words from the designer herself. Francesca Liberatore is truly unique!
Her a professional background stems from design houses such as Victor & Rolf, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Brioni. In 2009, Liberatore branched out on her own to create her namesake label.
With notable accomplishments such as having her work installed at the Museo della Permanente in Milan and having showed her collections in celebrated cities world wide, Francesca Liberatore has once again returned to New York Fashion Week to premier her 2016 Fall/Winter Collection.
Francesca Libertore has a keen eye for elegance and beauty, an aspect that smoothly translated into the collection and onto the runway.
Design after design seemed to echo Francesca’s European roots, featuring sleek black dresses and sheer tops. Brilliant pops of colors such as reds, blues, and greens came into the collection here and there with scarves, jackets, and skirts. Lines and stripes in the wardrobe were strategically placed so the collections symmetrical elegance was unforgettable.
I can honestly say by the end of the final walk in all of its brilliance, the Francesca Libertore Fall/Winter 2016 collection has been one of my all time favorites out of all of my New York Fashion Week coverage.
At the end of the show, I left the press pit to regroup with Julie and Arielle. Bracing ourselves for another adventure through the cold in this hypnotic city, we parted ways to prepare for what’s still to come.
Going back through the photos I captured during the show, and as I write this article, Francesca Liberatore has quickly become one of my new favorite designers. I look forward to seeing what incredible designs she comes up with in the future and I will continue to look at her enticing, inspirational work.
Photography by Patrick Hovan.