Irina Shabayeva is only the second Project Winner to ever show on their own at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week after their win. A year ago, she had a very strong showing with an extravagant feathered collection inspired by flight at an off-site official venue, so I was excited to see what else she had in store. Irina continues to do some of what she did best on Project Runway, which were big slouchy “rich bitch in Aspen” type knits. It’s obviously her signature, and something she should stick with because she does it well. While the front of her knits just spill off the body, the backs of them usually display intricate working and woven surprises. This season she also worked with body conscious constructed tube dresses, obnioxious gems, and wildly explosive printed and laser cut chrysanthemums.
This season Shabayeva also worked with body conscious constructed tube dresses, obnoxious gems, and wildly explosive printed and laser cut chrysanthemums. For the most part, when you work with classic shapes that suit the female body, and one must builds upon that in order to wow an audience. In this collection, color blocking, print placement and gem work did a fair amount of the work, but the real crowd pleasing came in the laser cut wool skirts and jackets, and the overlaid similar laser cut pieces that were used as collars and general addition.
What do you think of Irina Shabayeva’s post-Proj Run work? Check out the full runway pics over at All Project Runway, and get a back stage and end of the runway look from the official video below.
Runway images courtesy of Wire images Via All Project Runway
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