Talk about art and fashion colliding nicely on a fragrant Valentine’s Day afternoon. I’m talking about Josie Natori’s press preview where she unveiled her Fall ‘12 ready-to-wear collection inspired by Tibetan serenity and held at the Rubin Museum bathed in graceful Himalayan art. “This Philippine Fashion collection has been an evolution for us,” said Natori speaking to reporters after the show. “Natori has always been about East and West. I’m always inspired by exotic places.”
“All the embroidery is made in the Philippines,” she said. Even the necklace with a semi-precious stone she wore to the preview and the models’ handbags are Filipino-crafted. “About 50 percent of what you saw today are made in the Philippines. I am very proud of everything about the Philippines,” she proclaimed. In November, Natori opened her first Philippine boutique through Rustan’s.
“We had a very successful lingerie and lounge-wear collection launching and they’ve been so welcoming. And with my sneak preview of this RTW, Rustan’s responded immediately. We’re now opening two more shops in March,” she revealed. Natori said her clothes are perfect for the lifestyle in the Philippines.
The models came down through a winding staircase. Not an easy job if you’re wearing tall, flimsy heels. The models would constantly look down to make sure there was a step to catch their feet. Falling down on one’s face is one thing – it’s been done before — but rolling down the stairs would be a novelty no fashion house could risk. The unflappable Natori thought an art gallery venue was “just perfect.”
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