Upon entering the Rebecca Moses showcase during fashion week, one might think he or she had stepped into the pages of a illustrated Madeline book – but with Madeline all grown up, and with the outfits to prove it. The set illustrations, all done by Rebecca Moses herself, were supplemented nicely by gigantic props by ReadySet. Props to the propmakers! The models stood by storybook pages and larger-than-life books – very suitable, as Rebecca herself says “I love to tell a story….fashion is such a colorful tale. I like to think of my models as characters in a book. It is fun to animate style, make it larger than life, and why shouldn’t we?”
Moses, whose slogan is “Heart Soul Style”, tells a story with her clothing – of a beautiful, easygoing young lady who has a life full of travel, excitement, and the occasional tall tale – literally. This lady seems to always be dining out, visiting ports of culture, and amusing herself with life’s simple pleasures. Oh, and most importantly? She can afford to indulge in all of these activities because her Rebecca Moses clothing is affordable, with pieces all under $120.00 each.
Rebecca Moses is an ode to simple glamour with pieces one can easily mix and match. Think Ecote and Free People in the early days of Urban Outfitters, with a touch of Esprit thrown in for good measure, and you get the feel of the clothing by Rebecca Moses. She playfully mixes stripes, busy prints, and leopard all in one outfit and manages to avoid looking tacky.
One of my favorite looks was under the theme “Biarritz…By the Sea” and consisted of Rebecca’s signature “Les Girls” print pleated skirt in peony pink Crepe de Chine with a coral and beige stripe draped top and leopard heels.
Moses not only handles prints well, she also does neutrals quite nicely. Other favorites included the Terracotta silk lavate shirt and slouch pants in the “Giza and The Pyramids” scene, as well as all of the looks from “The Garden Tea Party”, specifically The champagne colored lace ensemble with the beautiful half-moon necklace and also the ivory taffeta shirred town coat with cotton slouch pant and ivory chemise tee.
And as a side note: the vintage suitcases and side table in “The Vintage Store Pages” display were perfectly matched to the décor – and were to DIE FOR. Yes, I will cheat on fashion with furniture, just like good ole Carrie Bradshaw.
It is quite a surprise that Moses has not shown a collection in New York since moving to Italy 20 years ago – but it is quite obvious that the time away has allowed her to cultivate her instincts about what women truly want to wear.
Look out for Moses’ first book, A Life of Style, both written and illustrated by Ms. Moses.
Photos by Randi Hernandez, layout by Katrina D.
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