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Menage a Trois  NY Fashion Week Spring 2009

Fashion Ledge - Menage a Trois
Menage A Trois: Jesli Banks, Jason Santiago, and Graehme Field

Designer and winner Jesli Banks from MTV/Sean John Intern By Design competition, partnered with fellow winning finalists Jason Santiago and Graehme Field to debut "Menage A Trois," an edgy, nostalgic and flora fauna show.

"Winning the Internship by Design Competition and working with Diddy has been a dream come true," says Banks. "I absolutely love Diddy, his creativity and dedication to Sean John. I've learned how to create a fierce collection while staying true to my vision. Now I want to make history!"

Jesli Banks' new Berkli Collection Spring/Summer 2009 Nostalgia line will be the show-stopping finale. Banks' fresh collection is tie-dye inspired with flowing silk chiffons, satin charmeuse, body conscious metallic leathers and boasts vibrant colors. The clothes are feminine and nostalgic, with a retro appeal.

Joining Jesli to create the "Menage a Trois" are collections by Jason Santiago and Graehme Field, who were also winning finalists in the MTV/Sean John Intern By Designcompetition. Jason's Spring/ Summer 2009: edgy collection symbolizes a reflection of his personality, charm and edge. It combines femininity with a twist of street, with earth tones and a bit of urban, infused with glam.

Graehme Field's Fall/Winter 2009: Flora Fauna For Fall collection is based on the idea of mixing elements from summer into a fall/ winter collection. The collection's theme is echoed in the hundreds of hand cut flowers, each artfully arranged on certain pieces. Fabrications are thick felts and woolens along with some very feminine fabrics. "Femininity and adornment is the key!," says Graehme.

Photos: Shawn Punch
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