If nothing else, Mexico City-born designer Paola Hernandez’ presentation was entertaining. Within the rooms of the Inn at Irving Place, up an impossibly steep flight of stairs, models with Einstein inspired ’dos immersed themselves in games of chess, classic literature and cups of tea.
Reading Hernandez’ description of the collection, I was curious to find out how she would manage to present the evolution of human consciousness with clothing. What I saw was a group of doe-eyed models pretending to do stereotypically intellectual things, almost as if Paola sat down and wondered to herself, “What do smart people do? Let’s have them do that.”
Decked in a black, grey and white color palette and capped off with lace ankle socks, each model looked more like a young school girl (or boy) than an intellectual.
She did manage to integrate a few basic pieces that are great for those of you in search of such things, but as for me, “basics” are not what I get excited to see during fashion week.
After about an eighteen-minute tour round the Inn, I left feeling a bit more confused than stimulated. Perhaps my intellect has not yet evolved.