Underneath the “tents” in the Pavilion at Lincoln Center, a new designer reveals her first ever pieces at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014: Georgine’s Fall-Winter collection. New York City’s Fashion Week has evolved over the years, but the core principal has remained unchanged: Designers, old and new, display their collections for the world to see, admire and eventually purchase in fervent adoration.
Cut to Georgine Ratelband, a womenswear designer debuting at NYFW for the first time this year. Her not so humble beginnings started with graduating from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan in 2011, followed by a senior thesis purchased by a prestige boutique in Antwerp, Beligium. And then there was this past fashion week, where we saw her launch her first U.S. runway show — making a name for herself on the global stage all at just twenty-four years of age.
In every collection there’s a piece that directly communicates the designer’s message. It’s instinctual; you see it, and immediately you feel as if the moving parts all come together to reveal the overarching expression. For Georgine, the 28-piece collection sent a message of formal elegance, but with an edge. Her looks were perfect for the female professional looking to hold attention at the next board meeting with serious style.
Georgine uses luxurious materials such as Italian Napa leather, fur, cashmere and satin, with distinguishing dark red and green undertones that reflect the rich colors of fall. It was apparent that this Italian designer used materials and inspiration from back home, exhibiting only the best Italian materials and textures. Having a tendency toward longer skirts offered a variety of stylish distinction; one that gave her dresses and power suits an added sense of movement and flow, and also a touch of drama.
From our front row vantage point, it was no surprise that this young, talented designer had her collection purchased as soon as she graduated. A simple statement to finish? Georgine’s bold and dramatic overcoats made a clear connection; her genius is in precision and simplicity, found in the details of her work.