Frank Tell displayed his Spring/Summer 2010 collection at Milk Studios this past Sunday. I came into this show not knowing much about Frank Tell or his designs but left rather impressed. His clothes are feminine and sexy, yet each has a tough rawness that provides a unique quality to his overall collection. The majority of Tell’s garments are constructed in metallic black, bronze, silver, and copper. Pale blues and lavenders allow his edgy looks to achieve a softer appeal.
By building an untraditional runway forming into a circular shape, audience members had the option of viewing the garments at various angles. This set-up also allowed guests to enter and exit the viewing without causing a commotion. The eight minute cycle of Tell’s nineteen new looks repeated for the entire two hour duration. After the first run, the stylish designer made himself available to meet and greet his guests.
The mix of hard and soft textures provides the perfect compliment to each outfit. Pairing a sharp blazer with silk skirts draped in soft hues is a personal favorite of mine. These body-hugging, futuristic outfits can be worn as separates or together. Detailing on the garments is very geometric and stays true to Tell’s overall concept. Another unexpected aspect is the copper animal claw necklaces that adorned several outfits.
Frank Tell is still a relatively new designer who continues to gain credibility in the competitive world of fashion. Best known for his two-tone palate, geometric shapes, and slimming silhouettes, Tell is definitely a designer to keep an eye on.
– Megan McDonough
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