Jillian Lewis, the "Project Runway" Season Four finalist who hails from Selden, Long Island presented a hotly attended, totally tony fashion...
NEW YORK — Jillian Lewis, the “Project Runway” Season Four finalist who hails from Selden, Long Island presented a hotly attended, totally tony fashion show her very first, save for the show’s finale — at the Tela Design Studio on Little West 12th Street Thursday afternoon.
Smudge-eyed models posed on giant silver trunks in the center of the room as people oohed, ogled and sipped mimosas. Jillian, who told us she was inspired by her own industrial environment in Long Island City, N.Y., went for the “urban warrior ” theme using elements of graffiti, train tracks and clockworks. These were implied, though some of the looks smacked more of the sexy, street urchin. A ripped up legging with chiffon insets … we’re thinking, meow, catfight.
In fact, the collection overall had an aggressive sexuality to it, most of the fits were super body-conscious and the overall vibe, well, kind of mean streets. Where Jillian shines, and we mean like glow in the dark, is with her trench coats and fantastic knitwear that is textural, sleek and seductive. A burgundy A-line “clockwork” hand-knitted dress featured a slit above the bust, and a stand-off back that defied gravity. Beyond cool. Missing in action: Jillian’s famous curls. We asked her about them, and she said that someone had done her hair differently for the day.
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“I looked in the mirror and I didn’t know who I was,” she said. We did. She was Jillian Lewis, the designer.