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Fashion Watch 2011: Jerome Lorico

The artist narrates a dark design odyssey in Aurora, his Holiday 2011 collection.
Fashion Watch 2011: Jerome Lorico The artist narrates a dark design odyssey in Aurora, his Holiday 2011 collection.

Jerome Lorico took up literature in university, which explains why there's always a narrative behind his seasonal outings. For his Holiday 2011 collection for Fashion Watch, entitled Aurora, the story is of a journey of a band of nomads awaiting, in the dark, the aurora borealis phenomenon. Jerome wasn't so much inspired by the aesthetics of the light display as much as the anticipation of the travelers, and the attendant darkness from which the phenomenon blooms—hence the inky look and motif of the collection.

Composed mostly of dark knits and tailored pieces, Jerome's Aurora is a moody showcase of the talented designer's occupation with silhouettes. Starting with clean ensembles of tight pullovers, tailored button-downs, and wool trousers for men and knit body-con dresses for women, Aurora progressed to heftier, more textured, and more voluminous shapes. Where men's cardigans began in tight knit, they loosened to open knitwork; taut knitting and stern tailoring blossomed into pantsuits paired with frayed stoles and, for the women, '20s-inspired evening dresses and a sculptural finale.

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Click here to watch Jerome Lorico talk about his collection in Fashion Watch Preludes: Jerome Lorico.

Click here to watch the fashion show.

Click here for Jerome Lorico's Designer Directory.

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