A modernized version of the Swan Lake finale song began to play as lights dimmed and overhead lamps reflected a makeshift runway on the wooden floor of the DiMenna Center. After pausing for a beat, the first model donning pieces from Josie Natori’s Fall 2014 collection loped across the lit catwalk.
This Ready To Wear line from The House of Natori featured gorgeous designs in grays, blacks, whites, and bright red, for the fall and winter. Inspired specifically by the richness in Russian culture, the collection brought forth a sophisticated and dignified approach to jackets and outer layers.
“The traditional forms and ornate embellishments found in Russia’s rich culture were particularly influential to me this season,” Josie Natori said. “I love to reinterpret ancient motifs for the modern woman and share with her my love of everyday opulence.”
This new line features some Natori staples, like the highly textured materials and tonal separates. Highlights included draping, floor-length dresses in thick fabrics, beautiful fur coats, and folded cloaks that hung loose in the perfect places.
“I have to say this is my favorite collection to date,” the talented designer said after letting out a wide smile. “I would wear most of this. I love toppers, I love all the layering. I love the vests, the coats, because I think they are the finishing touch to any dress.”
Natori is known for her lifestyle brand, which began when she helped fill a niche in lingerie, the place in between scandalous and prudish that didn’t seem to exist at the time. Now, her designs have expanded into her ready-to-wear collections, home pieces, fragrances, and accessories.