Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Carpets and Fashion and Sushi, Oh My: Simon Miller's Fall/Winter 2016 Presentation at NYFW

Simon Miller's Fall/Winter 2016 collection, presented at Double Knot

Surprisingly, this was not my first party in a carpet showroom. I first discovered how transporting a fĂȘte among stacks of Tibetan silks and hanging tapestry-esque rugs could be while working at ABC Home, where the annual employee Christmas party took place in the iconic store's 6th floor carpet space.

Last night, LA-based brand Simon Miller looked to the carpet store as backdrop for their Fall 2016 NYFW presentation, and the results were no less stunning. Models clad in faded denim, shiny patent leather,  and platform, peep-toe clogs stood atop packing pallets around the edges of Double Knot, a Turkish carpet showroom in TriBeCa, occasionally leaning to rest among the stacks of rugs surrounding them. The deep burgundies and mustards in the collection were offset to striking effect by the multicolor weaves surrounding them.

Just to add to the cool factor, Simon Miller brought in a chef who specializes in "underground sushi parties" (How do I get an invite to those?) to prepare fresh sashimi on a giant chopping block in the center of the store. Off to one corner, a string quartet played a mix of folksy and eastern-inspired music, while guests meandered to the back of the showroom to find a bar serving up three inspired mixed drinks.

Chefs chopping fresh fish for sushi and sashimi

"When we met with Simon Miller to plan the presentation, they just kind of had it all figured out," said a source from Purple PR, the brand's representation. "With some companies we have to kind of figure it out for them, but with Simon Miller, they just told us 'ok, we found this carpet showroom, and then we're going to bring in  this chef we like, and a band...' It was very authentic."

In the world of fashion, that can be high praise.

A band played live music during the presentation. 

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