Joanna Mastroianni took attendees of her Fall 2012 collection runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York for a journey around the world on Wednesday through the eyes, and wardrobe, of Iris Apfel, an influential textile designer and noted fashion maven.
Apfel, who was seated front row for the show, told the International Business Times that she was ecstatic of Mastroianni's idea to use her as the muse of her show.
"I can't wait," Apfel said before the show began. "I'm very excited. I'm flattered."
An ode to sensual glamour and romance, Mastroianni's keen eye for detail was certainly present in her Fall collection, with hand-made embroideries of opalescent seed pearls, creamy translucent glass and shimmering silver on evening gowns.
Fabrics were strictly luxe with cashmere, leather, silk sateen, mat lyces, hand-embroidered organza, silk taffeta and novelty fabrics. According to the designer, some fabrics were tufted by shirring, shredding and cutting silk organza into small strips before being embroidered with caviar beads with a sheer organza lining.
The collection included a variety of colors of pristine whites, silver, gold, antique bronze, pewter, copper, red, golden green, magenta deepened with black and teal, which the designed called peacock blue, with underlining textures of black.
Joanna Mastroianni also revived the return of the evening glove, this time faceted, feathered, beaded and bejeweled.
Models finished the show off with a tribute to Iris Apfel, walking in a line along with a dog and designer Joanna Mastroianni.
The show was flawless aesthetically, however, one woman sitting front row, Zelda Kaplan, collapsed as the models were walking down the stage. Kaplan was later pronounced dead at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital though a cause of death was not given.
View the slideshow to see photos of the Fall 2012 Joanna Mastroianni show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.