It's Dragana Ognjenovic, the last show of the day and, lo and behold, we are seated in the front row! Not moved to fill an empty seat, mind you, but assigned a front row seat from the start! Now if that makes you think that we were sitting between Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley lobbing spitballs and throwing dirty looks across the runway at Glenda Bailey, well, we wouldn't want to stop you. Actually, across the runway from us was a girl wearing green rubber flip flops, so we were giving her dirty looks for this breach of taste.
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We are always a little wary of designers from offbeat locales like Belgrade who bring their collections to
Mercedes Benz General Motors Olympus Fashion Week, but if Anna Wintour had come to the Dragana show, she might have been as pleasantly surprised as we were by this Serbian designer's second New York show. We haven't seen this label around, but we may soon. Dragana kept her silhouette loose enough to stay current without falling into the Chloé tent dress trap so many others have already succumbed to this season. Her palette was strictly neutral in black, cream, brown, gray and touches of blush pink. What stood out was her precise tailoring detailed with intricate tucks and pleating. She manages to make horizontal pleat detailing work on trousers and shorts. Raw, fraying edges balanced the meticulous details, and the finale piece called the 44-yard dress was a showpiece of construction that was gracefully wearable at the same time. Yohji Yamamoto and Jil Sander were clear inspirations here, but Dragana added her own twists to everything. It was a beautifully produced show with excellent models. Our seat was very close to the entrance of the runway, and out best view was backstage just as the models stepped out. Some of them posed just for us before their walk.
Sorry for the picture quality, but our battery was almost dead. We love models who go the extra mile just to please the Press.
Music: Guitar Rock
Swag: Black nylon Dragana tote.
Celebrities: Carol Alt, Finola Hughes. Look, that's what you get on Saturday night at 9.