In designer Joanna Mastroianni's Fall 2007 collection - - who launched her signature collection twenty years ago - - her 19th century inspiration was clearly shown through the artistry and appearance of a Byzantine cross.
With limited edition pieces, her collection reflected bold shades of ruby, copper and cognac women's wear and accessories to include eloquent evening gowns, cocktail dresses and everyday appeal.
The fabrics were rich, sophisticated and were textured - - intertwined with metallic and hand-embroidered accessories. The collection is versatile, accessible, and exhibits great workmanship, juxtaposed with a sensual modern silhouette.
Born in Greece, and raised in NYC, Mastroianni graduated from FIT with a strong background in textiles. Her first spring collection was featured in the Fifth Ave. windows of Bergdorf Goodman (quite an accomplishment).
Show favorites included: The "Cross Me Baby," black/gold hand-embroidered cocktail dress with embroidered high gloves; the black sculpted cocktail dress with lace sleeve; and the Garnet-silk-satin tunic dress. Her soundtrack choices were right on: Madonna's "Like a Prayer,” which was then replaced by R.E.M's "Losing My Religion."
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