February 04, 2005 New York
Shokrian worked her considerable draping and tailoring techniques on a variety of fabrics, often layering darkly colored and substantial wools and brocades over sheer, lightly colored chiffon tops, to varying degrees of success. A wool coat with detachable canvas layer seemed bulky, while her strict, cocoony capelets were chic. The highlight of the show was a black wool jersey dress, anchored by a leather beltan eminently wearable evening look. (Its cousin, a more casually chic tunic-length version, was shown over pants.)
Shokrian's sculptural leanings can, at times, take her into overly abstract territory, but her more body-conscious designs should appeal to the adventurous urban consumer.