The last time we spoke to the ladies of Ecliptica in June of 2009, they stated that they had a goal: “definitely what’s next is getting to New York Fashion Week!” Since that time, the design team made up of duo Norein and Michelle Otero buckled down, created a new collection for Fall 2010, and threw their first fashion show during fashion week in NYC. A big congratulations on all of your recent achievements, ladies!
The Ecliptica show took place at the Union Square Ballroom and was the perfect venue for a NY runway debut. The designers definitely tweaked the usual focus of their line and included more ready-to-wear separates in the place of 1/3 of the dresses they usually seem to have . The sisters have pointed out in the past that the women in Puerto Rico usually prefer wearing dresses as opposed to separates because it is easier to stay cool in the tropical heat this way. For the Fall 2010 collection, the sisters of Ecliptica switched gears and tailored their overall look to be more aligned with the typical female NYC customer. The line boasts rich fabrics such as black sueded silk, bright red silk velvet, black wool, black velvet, silk lurex chiffon, sequins, and silk satin organza. Certainly, this time around the Oteros worked with heavier, warmer fabrics, which is necessary for the chilly Fall weather in NYC.
The entire Ecliptica Fall 2010 collection was geared towards a nighttime look, having a dressier intention than some of the summery dresses we have seen from them in the past. The pieces in the show that seemed a little out of place with the rest of the collection were the red silk velvet items (which included two short dresses and a gown). One of these could have slipped in just fine, but three dresses in a row down the runway in such a bright, heavy fabric was a bit much. In my opinion, these three dresses clashed with the trendy, modern feel of all of the other looks.
High points in the collection were the bronze multi-sequined items, which included a peplum top, a dress, and a sheer silk crepe tank top (which actually looked more like a sequined vest). My favorite piece for a night out would be the black sueded silk tank top jumpsuit. A well-draped jumpsuit or romper is always such a cute look! My favorite pieces of the collection were the last two dresses presented. The designers truly showed off their design skills and attention to detail with the glamorous last two gowns of the show. The black lace sequined mesh organza gown was so well-crafted, that it looked as if it were a couture gown from a big brand name or well-known, exclusive fashion house . All of the black lurex and lace gowns were cut extremely well for the models; the black lace panels on the sides of the bum on the black sequined mesh organza gown (last picture of thread) managed to look incredibly racy without looking raunchy. Yet my favorite gown of the evening? Ecliptica saved the best for last with their eggplant and black silk satin organza gown (last picture again) – from front to back, it was obvious that Norein and Michelle spared no detail in the presentation of this beauty. Their line is gaining momentum, and I hope that next season they will come back to NYC to present their goodies for Spring 2011!
Video of Finale walk!
- M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana Fall 2010
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- M.I.S.S. NYFW: Lorena Sarbu F/W 2012
- M.I.S.S. NYFW: Farah Angsana RTW Spring 2011