Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a hectic week of running from one show to another, standing in lines and a lot of waiting. I always love seeing what the big-name established designers will come up with each season and what trends will be important. However, what I really find exciting about the week is the discovery of young fresh talent.
One of those discoveries last season was Elene Cassis. Having only graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2009, Elene Cassis has already developed a name for herself and piqued my interest. Her Fall 2011 Collection was focused, sophisticated and very chic. Utilizing European fabrications that had a vintage feel to them, Elene’s collection played with color blocking, texture, and matte mixed with sequins.
On the heels of such a strong collection, I was very interested to see what she would come up with for Spring 2012 and I wasn’t disappointed. The show opened with violinist Sarah Charness performing Swan Lake, which set the tone for the whole show. Elene Cassis’ Spring 2012 collection again played with color blocking, sophisticated silhouettes, textures and a refreshing spring color palette. Inspired by the Swan Lake theme, gorgeous dresses that mixed white and black together were a big highlight of the show.
We went backstage to talk about the beautiful new collection with Elene Cassis and also had the opportunity to speak with Sarah Charness about her involvement in the show and where she is heading with her music!