"Every man needs aesthetic ghosts in order to live. I have pursued them, sought them, hunted them down." - Yves Saint Laurent
As guests entered Delta Mill Works under a flashing neon sign reading, "FASHION SHOW," they were handed programs with this quote at the top. Local designer and owner of Blackmail Boutique on South Congress, Gail Chovan, presented her S/S 2014 collection last night at an empty lumber mill in East Austin. Seating was limited and so was the lighting other than flickering candles lining the inside of the space.
This haunting, mysterious feel is always present in Chovan's collections, and it set the tone for the fashion show. Stoic, expressionless models slowly walked down the runway, each wearing garments that fell in one of three colors: black, charcoal grey, and a subtle mauve.
The patience and painstaking craftsmanship showed with each piece thoroughly constructed piece that came down the runway. The first half of her show consisted of structured shorter looks, while the second half featured draped and flowing silhouettes with cut-out fabric. The models shoes were all wrapped in thick fabric, giving the illusion that they were floating.
Chovan's work is definitely not for the ordinary "fashionista" and with each collection she presents, she brings new depth and intrigue to the world of Austin fashion.