The Fall 2010 A Détacher collection was held at the Altman Building. Comprised of thirty-one looks, the overall vibe was very natural and eco-friendly. Bright green, pink, and blue colored garments were paired with beige boots worn over thigh-high wool leggings. It was almost as if summer and winter merged together to complete each look.
Although I found the collection interesting, I did not leave tonight with a new appreciation for this clothing line. Many of the dresses and tops reminded me of something one might wear on a farm. Baggy clothes consumed the waif-like models, meaning these outfits would add bulk to the appearance of normal sized women.
Another hindrance I found was the musical selection. It was a slow, lingering track with no real melodic beat or rhythm. The show ended with a recording of two people’s voices. It was a rather un-climactic conclusion, but perhaps all part of Kowalska’s vision.
New York based designer Mona Kowalska owns a boutique in downtown Nolita. She opened her shop on Mott street in 1998 after previously running the Paris design studio for Sonia Rykiel. Mona strives to create chic designs that allow women to feel sexy and comfortable at the same time.
– Megan Eileen McDonough