February 13th: Hungarian designer Kati Stern showcased her Fall/Winter 2009 collection at Bryant Park’s Salon this Friday. For the superstitious, Friday the 13th proved to be an unlucky day – for animals with fur. It was, however, a glorious night to see all the fabulous dresses that Stern created for us to see. Once upon a time, Stern was a world renowned architect which is still shown in her clothing line with the beautifully fitted dresses. Her inspiration for this season was derived from her love of Venice, specifically the Palazzo Fortuny that was once Mariano Fortuny’s home: “The brilliant light of Venice is captured and becomes dreamily refractive in a collection awash in pastels, such as dusty lavender, rose and taupe shot with gold.” With 65+ dresses for the runway, each laboriously made by hand, it was one stunning dress after another. Using only the highest quality of innovative fabrics, the dresses were a startling spectacle of glamor and sophistication. The first theme were black, snake-like glistening materials that were body-skimming, followed by delicate flowy chiffons and intricate lace. Dresses were topped off with milk and silver fox jackets and sporty shearlings from Saga Furs. I must emphasize that I do not condone the use of fur, and it leaves me with deep remorse to say that the sheepskin jacket with midnight silver fox trim was breathtaking. What the audience mistook for the end of the show when the music softened and the lights dimmed turned out to be preparation for the final dress: a show-stopping strapless bridal gown with Lyone lace beading and dazzling, delicate train of Swarovski crystals. It was a a sensational runway show that deserves to be among the best in elegance, complexity, and sheer beauty. Yours, Von Photos provided by Coutorture and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. For a clip of the runway, visit The Insider.