Flora Gill and Alexa Adams showed their spring 2010 Ohne Titel collection today in West Chelsea to thunderous applause. Recently named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists and having won a 2009 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award, this New York design team is one to watch.
The inspiration according to the show notes "from bold colors in Egyptian reliefs and sculptures" was evident in the first few looks — black and white graphic knits with bold pops of red and blue. Karlie Kloss opened the show in a stunning black and white tuxedo suit, a multicolored cropped sweater, and a lace-up neckpiece that set the tone for one of the best collections we've seen this week.
The laced-up theme carried over throughout the show, in an intricate multicolor bodysuit, black and gray knee socks and Cesare Paciotti wedges and flats. Although not nearly as hard-edged as their fall outing, Gill and Adams returned to the idea of body armor — albeit much softer — in the form of textured leggings and the aforementioned lace-up knee socks.
The second half of the collection appeared in muted gray, black and chalk — most noteworthy in a draped silk top and pant combo and a gray and black knit dress with leggings.
Towards the end of the show, the designers introduced feather details — using black and white plumes to adorn draped dresses and tops. If there is one complaint to make about the runway, it might be that it seemed to go by too quickly. We would have truly enjoyed a second encore.