If you can somehow imagine Lydia from Beetlejuice heading to a party at Studio 54, then you can imagine the perfection that is Leila Shams’ Fall-Winter 2011 collection. At the Chelsea Room, Shelia E. and Michael Jackson tunes played while models stood in place wearing sequined minidresses, feather vests with showstopping gowns in rich colors, and every girl had black lipstick to complete the look.
The 70s trend isn’t going to stop any time soon—and I’m certainly okay with that—but it’s refreshing to see high-waisted flares and fringed vests replaced with sequined minis and floor-sweeping gowns with dangerously high slits. The rich, slightly Gothic color scheme of plum, forest green and black makes the styles transition into fall effortlessly. Leila Shams, my new fashion hero, has given me a way to look glamorous and completely bad-ass at the same time.
(Photos by Briana Fahey)