Tuleh (11)

After a hectic weekend of countless off-site locations, I had finally made my way to the infamous Tents at Bryant Park.  It had been six months since our first encounter, and I felt a sense of comfort walking through the large white doors and into the circus that is New York Fashion Week.

Everything looked as I remembered; open bar to the left, McCafe to the right, guards attempting to exert more power than they have, and fashionistas surrounding me at every corner. It is quite entertaining to observe some of the people who frequent these shows. Each diva portraying a more fabulous persona than the next.

Moving from my original seat assignment to a coveted spot in the second row, I was quite pleased with how smooth the night was turning out. I had a nearly perfect view of the Promenade’s two-sided runway and was eagerly awaiting the start of the show.

Tuleh designer Bryan Bradley presented and assortment of beautiful gowns, sharp suits, and flirty cocktail dresses. Influenced by Deborah Eisenberg’s New York Review of Books from “The World We Live in,” Bradley’s collection was inspired by short-stories, stressing that the plot of short fiction must be “a stranger, more volatile, and more evanescent sort of thing” than that of a novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Tuleh Spring 2010 collection. I can easily see clientele from different backgrounds and with contrasting styling preferences wearing any of the looks presented. By pairing a soft colored skirt with a rough leather jacket, both the Upper East Side prepster and the downtown hipster will be satisfied.

Bradley’s creations achieved various looks, all connecting back to his original concept. Beginning with sportswear and ending with glamorous, dreamlike white pieces made me feel as though I was living in a fairy tale. His final look was a heavenly wedding dress that would make any woman wearing it believe she were royalty. The detailing on each garment was well planned and did not overpower other aspects of the overall design.

Bradley launched his line in 1998 with former partner Josh Patner, who also designed for Tuleh until 2001.  His garments are sold in the most exclusive stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.  Ashley Judd, Cameron Diaz and Chloë Sevigny have all worn Tuleh designs and remain avid fans of the designer.

– Megan McDonough

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