Joanna Mastroianni took a couple of steps away from the Russian inspired fashion this season, went Moroccan and let loose with some uncharacteristically un-Mastroianni creations. The end result being a solid, if not progressive collection than previous iterations. Mastroianni’s change was subtle yet noticeable at first glance. A particular favorite was a long sheer low swooping v-neck top over sheer leggings. Mastroianni also had what I can only consider as a must-have for the season, a 3/4 coat with a herringbone-like pattern throughout. The little black dress also received attention from the designer in the form of a bare shoulder, neck-strapped with a tiny slit running to the mid-section of the dress. The show was tastefully sexy and defined a bold new direction for the designer. We’re impressed, enthralled and can’t wait for fall.
Alternate review Second City Style.com
For Fall 2008 Joanne Mastroianni drew her inspiration from the Kingdom of Morocco, the the intricacy of its architecture elaborate grillwork and inlaid tiles. The divergent cultures influenced the extensiveness of her collection. Day wear and evening wear were combined to create a modern way of dressing both exotic, diverse and luxurious. This was successful for the most part, except for a lapis blue cape with space-age circular cutouts and a few “Spock-like” naru collar pant suit combinations that were really a bit too out of this world, or reminiscent of the bad part of the 80’s. (read more here)