On the evening of Thursday, September 13th, designer Niilartey De Osu presented his Spring 2013 Neodandi runway show at Stollway, a new showroom and event space (and former knitting factory) in Midtown West featuring 35 women’s looks and 20 men’s looks.
A refreshing departure from the traditional runway format, the show was split into 5 different sections encompassing 3 collections which opened with a solo modern dance piece, followed by a hauntingly beautiful mix of solo and group posing, and then followed up with a closing dance segment. The runway show was then immediately followed by an after-party in the same space.
Of his NYC debut, designer Niilartey De Osu said:
“To me, this show told a symphonic poem through fashion, introducing the idea of spirit in motion. I wanted to communicate the movement of the clothes, and the spirit behind them. I believe that what we wear should match who we are. It means everything to me to be showing my work in New York this season. To me, even more so than Paris, New York is the capital of fashion. I’ve been so inspired during my visit here and am already excited about February and how this experience will impact my Fall collection.”
Now in their 8th year as a label, this is the first time that Niilartey De Osu has presented his designs to the New York fashion community. The Neodandi team will now proceed with plans for an NYC pop-up shop this Fall, followed by another runway show in February, and a permanent boutique and atelier to debut in Spring 2013.
Collection 1 was entitled “In Passion We Trust” and was created from cotton button-up men’s shirts and silk that were rethought and then reconfigured into men’s and women’s wear. Meant to take the masculine and transform it into the feminine, it also re-introduced new and non-standard lines.
Collection 2 was entitled “Mona Lisa Blues” and was created from fine knit wool, nylon, silk acetate, and cotton. It included dresses and rain coats for women and cotton and silk tuxedos for men with detailed stitching and colored embellishments.
Collection 3 was entitled “O Love, You Are Full of Stars” and was filled with hand crocheted knitwear for women and cotton-based hoodies with leather and zippers for men. The women also carried glass handbags, also created by the designer.
For more information about the label or the designer, visit: www.neodandi.com.
Via AMP3 PR. Photos by Peter Roessler/www.ShootMePeter.com