NEW YORK — “Impressive,” one of the words that could be heard on the sidewalk outside Cedar Lake in Chelsea following the runway show for Amanda Phelan’s Spring 2017 collection. That such a superlative could be heard clearly enunciated as show goers poured out into balmy Gotham air of early September when they could be cursing either 2.2x congestion pricing on Uber or the dearth of yellow cabs speaks volumes. The collection itself displayed Phelan’s deft progression into woven fabrics, building on the creative director’s wheelhouse of knitwear. On the night Julie Hoomans and Lineisy Montero respectively opened and closed the Phelan Spring 2017 runway show staged at 547 West 26 Street. Also on the runway for Next were Lia Pavlova, Lorena Maraschi, Lili Sumner, Sandra Schmidt, Wangy, and Jay Wright. Set design by Kim Klein helped create the scene in what was made to resemble a warehouse floor filled with heaps of wooden chairs around the periphery. Choreography by Shannon Gillen saw those chairs at the center of the square runway slide, circle, and clap against the cold concrete floors under the synchronized command of a cadre of women dancers. Impressive as it was, the strong casting bookended by Julie and Lineisy brought it all home.
Credits include: Client, Phelan; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring 2017; Clothing design, Amanda Phelan; Styling, Robbie Spencer; Hair, Tomo Jidai and Phyto; Makeup, Francelle Daly and the M∙A∙C Pro Team; Show production, Susan Holland Events; Choreography, Shannon Gillen; Music, Michael Dragovic; Set design, Kim Klein; Casting, Shaun Beyen at Trouble Management.