First up, Shari had the privilege of sitting front and center last Thursday at The Luca Luca Collection at Lincoln Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Here’s how things unfolded:
“My first show of the season, I’m swathed in Luca Luca pink cashmere of course. To my left is Amir Amir, Luca Luca’s CEO; to my right French PR maven Oriane Lluch. Across from me sit models Petra Nemcova and Carol Alt.
Despite the roll-call of fashion power players around me, I managed to keep my eyes on the rich hues flooding the runway that brought to mind the changing leaves of an autumn tree in Central Park.
This was no surprise, though, once Raul Melgoza, Luca Luca’s creative director, revealed to me his inspiration for this season’s collection: ‘I envisioned a woman riding a horse through the woods, the wind in her hair, somewhat like a fairytale,’ he told me.
‘She’s wearing a riding pant or a utilitarian skirt and then she gets off the horse and transforms into one of the weightless gowns you saw out there.’
Elaborating on his ethereal muse, he said: ‘She’s definitely a powerful and very confident woman. A world traveller, a professional, she buys her own clothes and she's not dependent on anyone.
‘She has sex appeal and femininity, but with a strength behind it.’
In a nutshell she is as versatile and diverse as the collection itself; not to mention every man’s dream.
And let’s not forget every woman’s favourite – the shoes. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the stylish wrap tied ankle boots pulling together these looks and providing a stylish icing on the sumptuous cake.
One of the most impressive and unexpected moments was when a lovely model sauntered down the runway in a completely sheer on top black cocktail dress – perhaps transforming the definition of ‘Little Black Dress’ forever. It was such a risk for Luca Luca – unexpected and edgy, yet retaining a strong elegance.
My dream pieces were the long printed gowns, sleek and glamorous yet functional. Understated yet simply stunning. Ideal, perhaps, for a day of hunting and jumping in the English countryside…”