div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”/divdiv class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”/divbr /a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kfuNDX_PAeE/TnF7og-KSNI/AAAAAAAABZ8/_QzQTGZcd40/s1600/mercedes-benz-fashion-week-logo-400px.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”160″ src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kfuNDX_PAeE/TnF7og-KSNI/AAAAAAAABZ8/_QzQTGZcd40/s200/mercedes-benz-fashion-week-logo-400px.jpg” width=”200″ //aubnbsp;iIn the words of our newest contributor Kate Morales:/i/b/ubr /br /a href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s56dmf6JXnU/TnGSvdcapJI/AAAAAAAABaI/ua3qRTrZRrM/s1600/Kachi-1.JPG” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”320″ src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-s56dmf6JXnU/TnGSvdcapJI/AAAAAAAABaI/ua3qRTrZRrM/s320/Kachi-1.JPG” width=”240″ //aspan id=”internal-source-marker_0.5463537356424106″ style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”Amid the slew of over hyped brands and budding designers trying just a little too hard, a breath of fresh fashion air blew into Central Park West this past Monday. The Style Salon presented a show featuring a handful local designers coming together to display a unique blend of dresses, outfits and accessories. /spanbr /br /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”Held at Landmark on the Park, an easy to miss must-see within sight of New York’s Natural History Museum, the show proved to be classy, understated and thrilling in terms of talent and turnout. The models entered from behind the altar of the church, braving stone steps in slippery heels and chunky platforms, mainstays at all this week’s events. /spanbr /br /a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w29Pgnrf8M0/TnGfrInfqOI/AAAAAAAABaQ/946YvAClM2k/s1600/P9124177-1.JPG” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”320″ src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-w29Pgnrf8M0/TnGfrInfqOI/AAAAAAAABaQ/946YvAClM2k/s320/P9124177-1.JPG” width=”240″ //aspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”bKachi/b designs opened the show with humorous twists on classic silhouettes in a variety of bold prints, reminiscent of Thakoon staples. The stand-out was a fitted, knee length, half-sleeve frock in a rosy toned print, topped with a contrasting chartreuse collar-cum-cape[Above]. /spanspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”Paired with turquoise platform sandals, this look was enough to make us forget hurricane season./spanbr /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”br //spanbr /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”Handbag designer bSukari/b matched floaty gowns and cocktail dresses in their collection. Quality couture stitching worthy of a Spring wedding. The handbags and clutches for this look would snare even self-proclaimed, “not a bag kinda girl” types into a full-on swoon./spanbr /br /div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VaUeVxMIJAI/TnGdddV6S3I/AAAAAAAABaM/i4FcLsEURt4/s1600/P9124200-1.JPG” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”320″ src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VaUeVxMIJAI/TnGdddV6S3I/AAAAAAAABaM/i4FcLsEURt4/s320/P9124200-1.JPG” width=”240″ //a/divspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”bMaria Michele’s/b fresh take on the skin tight and strappy party dress, a look infamously overdone by the Kardashians, had me saying, “Oh /spanspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”yes/spanspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”,” under my breath as I diligently wielded my Olympus at the runway. It was the mixing of fabrics and prints that did it – always a surprise up her sleeve, or in the design’s case, right on it. Gold sequined cap sleeves on a leopard print body and wearable chains dangling from the mostly bare backs make her collection a real head turner./spanbr /br /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”The show was rounded out with an opulent focus on hats by designerb Ikasho/b. Wide brimmed made the biggest impact in new colors such as /spanspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”red/spanspan style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;” red and sky blue (two big hues to look for and pair for Spring.) Craftily set upon the heads of models wearing nothing but simple white Oxford shirts, the audience is probably booking flights to Florida this instant, being unable to wait for 2012 to give those bold looks a real-life try./spanbr /div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UHJ6DX5TpeI/TnGgQB9n85I/AAAAAAAABaU/Ht81DA23eGw/s1600/P9124231-1.JPG” imageanchor=”1″ style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”232″ src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UHJ6DX5TpeI/TnGgQB9n85I/AAAAAAAABaU/Ht81DA23eGw/s320/P9124231-1.JPG” width=”320″ //a/divbr /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”Many thanks to bThe Style Salon/b for such an unpretentious and festive show filled with talent that we’ll be sure to watch, and more importantly, wear./spanbr /br /span style=”color: black;”span style=”font-family: Times New Roman;”Scoop-fully Yours,/span/spanbr /span style=”background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;”br //spanbr /span style=”color: black;”span style=”font-family: Times New Roman;”~Kat/span/spane Morales