The Tent at Boston Fashion Week opened Friday evening with some serious Solange Knowles-inspired sex appeal. Texas-born designer Sam Mendoza, known for his use of color and raw finishes, sent sporty-sophisticated looks down the runway, flowing to sultry 90's Janet Jackson. Mendoza started the show with some casual pieces, incorporating athletic textures and shapes like mesh and simple tanks. But it was the gowns that brought gasps from the crowd. Ethereal but tough, they could go straight from the red carpet to the boudoir.
The Tent at Boston Fashion Week is at The Mandarin Hotel Boston and The Shops at Prudential Center.