I have a confession to make. I’ve been sleeping on Charlotte Ronson. Yes, I admit it, this fashion week being full of surprises has drastically altered my perception and views on the form of art I love the most. Often associated with her collaborative efforts with retailers such as JCPenney and Urban Outfitters, this is only Ronson’s second showing at Fashion Week, her first being for the Fall 2009 season. I have been slapped into submission, by Charlotte’s Spring 2010 offering, a collection for which critics have been raving over. Deliciously downtown is what many are calling Ronson’s clever array of acid wash denim, colorful tulip skirts, sheer crop tops, and shoulder padded denim.
Having never attended fashion or design school, many believed Charlotte Ronson didn’t have the necessary skills to be an effective designer. That judgment has melted away, as Ronson sent down the catwalk a plethora of looks sure to be seen on the sidewalk next spring. Opening her show with acid wash denim leotards and cropped leather jackets the collection then forayed into sheer cropped tops paired with shorts, tulip skirts and off the shoulder soft jersey tees. Ronson said her collection was essentially “classic meets street”, an influence you could clearly see through several looks with the designer matching army green jackets, leather vests, and denim against the softer rose colored jersey tops and classically tailored shorts.
I have a few runway looks from the collection I saw and immediately fell in love with, one specifically being the blue sleeveless top tucked into the tulip skirt and finished off with what looked like a studded multilayer belt and sheer biker shorts. Yes, although it’s quite apparent I have my favorites, what really stuck out to me the most was not the denim, the acid wash or the leather utility vests. No, what stuck out like a sore thumb, was the detailing. Ronson’s use of accessories, the perfect placement of a belt, and especially her recreation of the biker short(now made into sheer tulle shorts), all came together to create this fantasy world where the collision of hard and soft, sweet and sour, is possible.
Of all the shows I’ve seen, Charlotte Ronson is one of the few I can say I’d actually buy. If not financially able, I’d at least adopt her styling techniques and pull out my handy dandy sewing machine to recreate her magic. Normally in my personal assessment of designer collections, I look primarily to see if their wearable. Could I imagine myself in this dress? Does this jacket realistically fit in my wardrobe? Charlotte Ronson has created a collection of items that are not only beautiful to look at in photos and on the runway, but that are actually realistic enough to wear. Even trends such as shoulder pads and her strategically placed embellishments were created with the everyday consumer in mind, not just for editorial purposes or red carpets.
Deemed her best collection to date, Charlotte Ronson is well on her way to being one of those designers you need to watch. She’s found a creative groove that’s got me excited to see what’s to come for this self taught designer. The fast track to success is calling her name, with me being it’s biggest cheerleader.
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