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Katie Gallagher’s Frosty Chic Makes Fashion Week Sizzle

By Patrick Michael Hughes | February 9, 2013 7:57pm

MEATPACKING DISTRICT — It's so cool, you'll melt.

"The Winter Froze You Away" was the theme of the Fall 2013 collection presented by designer Katie Gallagher in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, featuring 16 frosty looks.

The show displayed a trend Street Chic has been tracking for the clothes-conscious urban dweller — the new directions in black.  

What’s new about Gallagher’s black? Texture, the fusion net and opaque fabrics and lines that move around the body.

The collection’s descriptive names such as "storm coat," "tundra dress" and "black ice top" turned out to be exactly right vibe for a Fashion Week in the midst of Winter Storm Nemo.

It was also very personal for Gallagher: a culmination of a set of ideas taking off in a very chic direction.

Construction and technique were what stood out the most for Street Chic in this collection and Gallagher's work is a very fresh step forward in the tradition of legendary American designer Geoffrey Beene.  

A noteworthy look was an ankle-length wool knit dress with a textured, black detail spiraling along the sleeve and a very high off-center back slit.

There were also fashionable bias cut strips sewn together in contrasting textures and fabric weights on the arm, the wrist and the back of the shoulders.

This technique was most successful in the looks using sheer black dotted net.

The bare midriff long sleeve top with sheer net elbows, paired with Gallagher’s "icicle" layered high–low dot net skirt and the "icicle" laser-cut leather belt, brought to mind feminine clothing with a downtown palate.

For Street Chic, the knockout look utilized bare, opaque and different-sized dots: a textured wool knit top and a gusseted above-the-knee skirt in a relief dot pattern.

A detail we took note of was a strong shoulder and the continuation of the dot theme in sheer black hosiery with a spiraling seam.

Another great look was a long sleeve hooded jacket with a grosgrain tie, circular seam wool knit top and a pop of color in a muted blue-layered swing skirt edged in ribbon.

Outerwear and tailored jacket looks featured strong lines, zipper details with ribbon pulls, volume cowl necklines and dripping laser-cut details.

And Street Chic took note of the liberal use of the hoods as well as leggings and tall lace-up boots.