Luke Aaron at Boston Fashion Week 2012
Boston Fashion Week spotlighted some well-known designers (well known in Boston, at least) whose shows seemed to generate a lot of publicity. You know who they are - designers with Newbury Street studios, who sell at Louis and who've already graced the runway at last year's Launch. Despite all the hype, one of the best shows of the weekend came from the unassuming guy from Idaho. On Saturday evening, Luke Aaron's show proved that he's ready to join the ranks of Boston Fashion royalty, sending out an array of blithe daytime ready-to-wear ensembles and fairy-tale dresses, that (softly, delicately) knocked the breath right out of the audience.
The Yale graduate with a small North End studio started off the show with graceful separates - waist defining skirts and origami-inspired tops, polished dresses and perhaps the only elegant shorts suit in existence. A few pieces, like drab (though expertly tailored) palazzo pants paired with a crop top missed the mark, however, the universally-flattering skirts and dresses were extremely well-received. It's clear Mr. Aaron is detail-oriented; his was some of the finest, most precise craftsmanship of the weekend. That, and his eye for color (muted pastels) elevated his daywear to gasp-worthy status. Photos don't do these pieces justice.
With the crowd primed, his collection elegantly segued into frothy evening wear. Think Disney princess meets Grace Kelly. (This description will sound like utter nonsense until you scroll down and see the photos.) Mr. Aaron's gowns somehow straddle the line between grown-up glamour and confectioners sugar. They're effervescent, voluminous and captivating, as seen in his gown embroidered with peacock feathers, or the final look (above) that sailed down the runway to thunderous applause. Boston, meet your new Fleet Street fashion star.
Learn more about Luke Aaron at http://lukeaaronboston.com/. This post also appears on The Boston Fashionista Channel on BostInno.