Irina Shabayeva is probably best know as the winner of the Sixth Season of Project Runway, but there is a lot more to know about this talented designer! We went to her Spring 2012 presentation during New York Fashion Week, sponsored by the Skin and Make-Up experts at BeautiControl, to see the collection and to find out more about Irina herself.
Born in the Republic of Georgia and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Irina Shabayeva graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2003 and has continuously proved her talent since then. Her Spring 2012 collection, presented at the Audi Forum on Park Avenue, is just one more example of why this young designer is such a success.
Irina Shabayeva’s Spring 2012 Collection is chock full of color, staying true to a designer who is know for her vivid color choices. Bright greens, yellows, oranges, blues, pinks and reds filled the runway like a big bouquet of spring flowers. A good mix of black, white and silver pieces rounded out this collection and somehow emphasized the colors even more. Shabayeva made use of bold prints which were position-placed on the garments to emphasize the figure in very flattering ways.
Relying primarily on jersey for the collection, the silhouettes are very body conscious, from casual dresses that are accented with lacing details and cut-outs to gathered and beaded cocktail dresses and gowns. Shabayeva also included in the collection a few swimwear pieces with knit cover ups, versatile chiffon layering pieces and see-through clear and colored rainwear pieces.
The finale cocktail dresses and gowns stayed true to Irina Shabayeva’s color story with artistically manipulated fabrics that are beaded sufficiently to give them that red carpet glamour and sparkle.
A beautiful collection, it is easy to see why Irina Shabayeva is one of the few Project Runway competitors to prove herself in the real world as well.