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MARA HOFFMAN, NICHOLAS K, SERGIO DAVILA F/W 09

People’s Revolution put on a first at the tents – one runway time slot with three designer collections. A perfect way for the designers not only to save on costs, but for viewers to save time standing in line, checking-in, finding their seats, and then getting-up, only to do it all over again. The show started with Nicholas K, then as the designer’s finale ended, the lights went down and there was a sign change, the lights came up again and the next designer, Sergio Davila’s show was staged, followed by the same procedure and then the Mara Hoffman show. 

Of course some complained that they only wanted to see one of the three designers and were stuck sitting through a total of about 120 looks, but overall the show ended around the same time that a single designer’s show would have taken. In the end I think this format is a wonderful way to introduce designers to buyers, editors, and stylists who might not otherwise have seen their collections. In fact I was there to see Mara Hoffman, but was surprisingly drawn to many of Nicholas K’s pieces that I was not previously familiar with.  

Nicholas K presented some beautiful knits, vests, and distressed leather jackets for both men and women. Many of the pieces were accented with thick knit fringe and he had some cozy shag merino sweaters and shrunken bomber jackets with leather buckle detailing that mixed rock with a sleek silhouette.

Plus the designer made plaids look chic – a fete in my book. The only complaint I had about his collection is that it was a tad repetitive and could have been edited down to 30-some looks.  

Sergio Davila, who was inspired by the “Royal Heart” days of Spain’s 19th Century Vice Royalty, was most successful when it came to his menswear.

He showed some nice sportswear pieces which included cashmere wools, light jackets, and oversized sweaters.  


Lastly Mara Hoffman used a lot of studs and fringe in her collection – two recurring elements in many of the collections we’ve seen so far. She showed some beautiful black stud-embellished hats, leggings, tops and a carefully crafted studded gown. Hoffman also showcased some shredded wool pieces and cozy cardigans. Like with Yigal Azrouel’s collection, a few of the looks – in particular a tapestry cape coat – had a Norma Kamali feel to them.  

In between the wool and stud-accented pieces were a number of printed dresses that, despite using a dark color palette, had a very Spring/Summer feel to them.  

Between her prints, wools, and studs, Hoffman appealed to a wide audience with this collection which she said was meant to “take you on a journey from royalty to cosmic warrior.”

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.