Joanna is a designer that thinks about the details of her collection from the initital inspirations to the final trim on a hem and her Spring 2009 was a reflection of that diligence.
Structured dresses in bright colors like orange, red, and pink had a City of Angels circa 1950 feeling. We imagined it as a sort of Joan Dideon Play it As It Lays Los Angeles wardrobe for the tortured and irrelevant starlet Helene struggling to showcase her beauty to ultimate effect. That kind of flat landscape of emotions makes for a world in which clothing takes on extra significance.
The Los Angeles 1950s feel continued with Deco pieces in white and black styling with Joanna's signature crispness. Geometric cuts added interest to the dresses, with unexpected openings drawing our eyes to a shoulder, a pocket, or a breastbone. We caught a few hints of her Byzantine influences from seasons past withe gold chains making appearances on dresses.
We imagine the collection as giving a hint of hard times seepingfrom the edges of Los Angeles. And as one must always reference the recession we applaud that potential darkness. It says beauty must try even in the face of troubles. In fact Joanna closed the show with "I'm A Survivor." Touching even if it's a strange modern pop cultural reference for a a collection that so strongly evokes another period.