The clean white room of the Red Bull Studio in SoHo lends itself as the perfect backdrop for Skin Lingerie’s Spring 2010 runway show. Designer Susan Beischel’s soft, feminine, yet modern designs are the perfect contrast to a room that feels almost clinical, until the first model makes her way down the runway.
All photos by Peter Ruprecht
Skin designs all of its lingerie and loungewear around the fundamental idea of sustainability. Using the highest quality organic fabrics, Skin is known for making comfortable, stylish and modern pieces for both men and women. The collection, entitled “Love in the Morning”, is done in neutral tones, except for a few select pieces done in a soft tangerine.
The collection is body conscious, ranging from more fitted pieces to ones that were are expertly cut and hang beautifully along the bias of the fabric. Every aspect of the collection is well designed and well contemplated. One of the favourite items shown is the men’s Zen Pant, easily converted into a unisex piece. The soft texture of the lightweight cotton combined with thoughtful tailoring flatters all body types, and could be a good piece for transitioning from day into evening if properly accessorized.
The women’s robes are another crowd pleaser. The most intelligent design detail seen has to be that the tie of the robe was sewn in at the side seam, rather than wrapping all the way around the body. Not only is this great for travelling, but it makes complete and utter sense; who wears a robe with out the tie?!? Other favourites include the white ruffled detailed panty set, the cotton pleated top with a bell sleeve, and the black chemise with gathering detail at the front. Each piece is wearable, with the exception of the black panties that have large circular cut-outs “randomly” placed.
Layering is not a theme depicted in the runway show, but something that could definitely be a great way to incorporate the collection into one’s own wardrobe. The classic cuts, combined with the attention to detail that Beischel shows is what allows her collection and label to differentiate itself from the masses. There really is nothing else quite like it, and I wait patiently to see what she comes up with next.