Designer Kara Laricks debuted her first full collection on Saturday September 8th at Pier 57 in West Chelsea. The former accessories designer, who at one time excelled as a purveyor of the neck tie for women, has blended a masculine sensibility with soft lightweight feminine pieces. Inspired by Japanese matchboxes, each piece embodies a feeling of yesteryear yet with a modern edge. Fabrics consist of cotton, organza, silk charmeuse, tropical weight rayon, and tropical weight gabardine are used to create classic, simple looks for spring. Laricks, a seasoned designer, by way of her 2008 showing with Academy of Art University, shows a great progression in her style, giving women a splendid functional first collection to be enticed by.
Left to Right: Look1#a collared gown in raw-edged ivory organza w/ ivory silk charmeuse slip; Look#2 a slip dress in navy/black in silk charneuse ; Look 3#A collared dress in Goldenrod/Ivory Cotton blend Jaquard ; Look#4 tux tail pant in blk. tropical weight gabardine, bias cut knit tee in ivory+ collar + tie in navy cotton shirting and black silk wool blend; Look#5; a matchbox car coat in heirloom cotton twill w/ Goldenrod stripe cptton/voile lining, matchbox short in ivorty/goldenrod cotton blend jacquard, bias cut knit tee in black Look#6; a bow tie shirt in charcoal royal oxfor cotton w/navy cotton shorting and heirloom cotton satten collar detail, cummberbund pant in heirloom tropical weight wool w/heirloom cotton detailing
*photos by The Quest for "it"