It seems Jackie Fraser-Swan listened attentively to wishes that designers bring something entirely unique to fashion week, and especially fashion week Spring collections. Fraser-Swan debuted the Emerson Spring/Summer 2013 collection with muted fan-fare, and ended up delivering a collection that ranged from impressive to could-do-without. That in itself is enough to have a good season. Fraser-Swan showed exceptional skill in creating beautifully constructed gowns. They were unique, intricately detailed and created aesthetically pleasing forms on the models. As an example, this 20s era influenced dress:
Where she faltered ever so slightly was in the day dress category. Some of the pieces from the collection seemed to lack strong direction, as if they were put together not for a coherent look, but just because. That works in certain instances when performing an abstract feat in design is the intent, but in this scenario it hurt what was otherwise a strong collection.
So is Emerson worthy of a second look? With strong pieces in the collection, you won’t get that far. A first look might be all that is needed.