The day before the “official” start to New York Fashion Week, two up and coming designers had a chance to show of their stuff in the Audi showroom on Park Avenue. Fast cars and hot models came full circle on a rotating floor displaying Jillian Lewis & Mikhael Kale’s collections for Spring/Summer 2010.


Former Project Runway contestant, Jillian Lewis’ collection was a combination of edgy, and modern softness for spring. Taking inspiration from hues of white, cream, black, ice blue, and flesh tone pinks, the pieces were sophisticated freshness. It was a mixture of sharp shoulders, sheer layering, light knit wears, blocked leggings, structured leathers and gorgeous satins paired up with hand-bag accessories from Beirn and shoes from Nine West




The models were stylized beautifully from head to toe with manicures and pedicures done by Pattie Yankee Williams from Dashing Diva. Pattie is nail artist to the stars and has over 25 years of experience; she stated that the big trends for next spring are extremely muted or matte tones, such as nudes, creams and grays.

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Mr. Kale came to deliver his collection of exquisitely structured dresses for women that are looking to make a statement when attending an evening gala or red carpet event. The Central St. Martin’s graduate used a variety of techniques with snakeskin, tiered silks, starched chiffons and distressed denim. The chain embroideries and elegant fringe detailing added just the right touches. Mikhael’s palette for color featured turquoises, pale pinks, sea greens and purples; it was ribbon candy for the body.


The models make-up, by Beaute Cosmetics, and Dashing Divas, again on nails, was kept fresh and clean. And speaking of “divas”, there were whispers at the show that Beyonce already put in an order with Mikhael from this collection. He is definitely one to watch. These designs are for women who are not afraid to take chance with fashion, and usually walk pass the “little black dress” in boutiques.

Photos by Melissa Preston