Daniel Silverstain – The Original Jetsetters

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Fashion Week is upon us in the throws of winter’s chilliest, frozen-to-the-bones days.  We brave the cold to enter into the world of design, drinking in the warm-cocoa of next season’s collections and basking in the warmth of each show’s glow. We often get what we’ve expected: a riot of new colors, mouth watering fabrics, and the exhilirating feeling that we’ve seen one or more truly unique looks that remind us of why we’re addicted to this game.  But, at times, when we are very lucky, we encounter a presentation that surprises us–proving layered and complex in origin of design and inspiration.  For me, this very experience was bestowed upon me at Daniel Silverstain’s presentation/runway show this past week at the Montauk Showroom in SOHO.

Upon first gaze at his top-knotted, glossy beauties–faces polished in futuristic light , oversized, structured coats and crop tops in robot metallics and mod brights–I was taken by Silverstain’s exciting display of sci-fi friendly looks that I would actually wear. My excitment only grew when I realized I was witnessing so much more.

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Inspired by his own travels to India, the Fall Winter 2015 Collection was influenced by “the heritage and architecture of the

Indian world, followed by a new interpretation of the modern era.”  Striking at the heart of my winter doldroms, Silverstain’s presentation evoked joy in vibrant colors, visions of supple and vast landscapes and exotic textures and shapes that encapsulate the west meets east experience of the original jetsetters — the “New Tourists” — of the 1960’s.  Their journeys, as imagined in these designs, are a marriage of the modern world’s newfound ability to swiftly travel far and wide and the discovery of lands still wild and widely untouched, thus the robotic silvers paired with lush greens and feathery, three-dimensional fabrics.

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A strong influence in Daniel Silverstain’s creations, as described by his PR firm COLLECTIVE Communications, is the Jaali, a term for the perforated stone or latticed screen that is a quintessential architectual element in Indian culture.  These ancient, clean shapes are translated by Silverstain into large geomeric accents and subtly repeated motifs across overcoats, and specifically in an ivory hued sweater that could double as the ornamental, patterned window to an Indian garden.

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All the above manifested itself as an intoxicating potion that divined my deeprooted wanderlust, laid dormant in the long darknesses of February.  And, with dreams of Spring travels just around the corner, I climb back into  hybernation to wait for the sun to again hit its zenith.

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