To mark the one-year anniversary of launching her lower-priced, more accessible ERIN line, Erin Fetherston whisked us away to an enchanted forest where a harpist (in one of the designer's gowns, of course) greeted guests at her Fall presentation. While such sweet whimsy is almost to be expected of the designer, the pieces on display tonight proved that she is indeed exploring new territory.
Inspired by the work of artist Barry Underwood, Fetherston described her collection as a "new-age fairy tale." Certainly, there was the expected sea of ethereal party dresses embellished with everything from bugle beads to metallic snowflakes. But the designer went a few steps further, showing voluminous skirts and structured frocks, knits, and printed separates that recalled Underwood's images of nature illuminated by neon light. Standouts included a pair of silk crepe de chine pants done in a bright yellow floral (a nod to Mary Katrantzou?) and a cropped jacket made out of marabou feathers.
Also worth mentioning was a herringbone hooded parka, Fetherston's answer to a classic problem for party girls at this time of year: What to wear over a sleeveless dress when it's below zero? The jacket could easily be paired with any one of the collection's dresses—or even jeans, for that matter. It was good to see the designer demonstrate that dresses aren't her only forte.