New York’s Hudson River - The world’s most spectacular catwalk!
On the 20th March in New York the Hudson River was transformed into the world’s newest catwalk. Jessica Minh Anh’s ‘J Spring Fashion Show’, presented New York, as we all know it, in a new light. Visually pushing the envelope, the fashion show created the illusion of models walking on water by having guests seated facing the multi-faceted glass windows of Bateaux New York and watch models walking in front of them while the boat was cruising.
New York’s famous skyline and its architectural masterpieces such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Centre became the natural backdrop for the floating catwalk. Similar to Jessica Minh Anh’s previous catwalks on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eiffel Tower, and One World Trade Centre, the Show showcased a combination of haute couture, high-end ready-to-wear, luxury jewellery, and leather bag collections from 4 continents.
The highly anticipated catwalk opened with an exquisite collection by Japanese legendary designer Yumi Katsura accompanied by an even more impressive jewellery collection by Colombian-German talent Sonia Heilbron. Each look enchanted viewers with a burst of colours and unique craftsmanship in Sonia’s designs, as well as spectacular embellishments, layers, and texture in Yumi Katsura’s long tail dresses. Both designers succeeded in marrying heritage with a new dimension of luxury and glamour.
Adding elegance and sophistication to the grand catwalk, Eastern European representative Lesya Lozneva premièred an airy and alluring collection made of soft cotton, translucent organza, delicate wool, and smooth silk. Inspired by shades and patterns of nature, the Ukraine designer teamed transparent dresses in the colours of forest berries, deep sea, and sunset meadow, with stylish bodysuits.
Also with a great attention to detail, Sabres Fashion House from Romania managed to bring in a refreshing perspective with a new collection called "Mystique”. The central European brand creatively presented sensuality using luxurious gold fabrics, hand painted motifs, intricate embroideries, and distinctive cuts.
Returning to Jessica Minh Anh’s iconic catwalk is Indian sensation Shilpa Reddy with a brand new collection called Floral Geometry. The creative artist reinvented cultural embroideries on Pochampally weave while delivering impeccable cuts and clean structures. Another representative from South Asia is Pakistani designer Syeda Amera, who showcased an ultra-feminine collection with many glittery beads and sequins. Amera’s designs in aqua and blue shades not only accentuate a woman’s body but also give her a modern edge with dynamic patterns and transparency.
From New Zealand to New York, Frances Jerard presented a multi-layered floral and lace collection, which is flirtatious and joyful. Whilst on the other hand, Indonesian powerhouse Bateeq stood out by mixing traditional batik motifs with structured shapes and daring low cuts. The South East Asian brand illustrated their cultural evolution and heritage in a 25-look collection while keeping it contemporary and youthful.
J Spring Fashion Show 2015 ended with a captivating haute couture collection from top Lebanese designer Tony Ward, who brought class and extravagance to the unconventional catwalk. The Middle Eastern talent showcased an exclusive Heritage collection, which reflected a fusion of layers, shapes, and colours. The perfect silhouette combined with fashion forward cuts presented an almost unattainable balance between two contradictory states of whimsicality and boldness. Jessica Minh Anh appeared as a vision in the extraordinary finale dress, closing the high profile event on a perfect note.