On an unseasonably warm Tuesday afternoon, Nellie Partow unveiled her elegant Spring 14 collection on the sun-splashed third floor of The Standard, High Line. The first-ever presentation from the New York-based designer was a exercise in refined neo-classicism: Farrah Fawcett could have crushed the game in the eel-skin jacket, a crinkled ecru gown or a Chinese crepe blouse and silk trousers set in flammable fuchsia.

The throwback motif was intentional: Partow cited a 30-year old photo of her mother as the inspiration for her Spring 14 offering. “She was in Italy wearing a beautiful off-the-shoulder vintage knit top,” she said. “Her disposition in the image exuded an effortless and confident ease. Capturing the essence of the photo and making it relevant today is what inspired the core of the collection.”

Partow’s command of materials was on full display throughout a series that included a number of shimmering fabrics, a hand-knit bolero gown and the immaculately-constructed off-shoulder “Firenze” dress. “There is a constant evolution with texture,” she said. “I’m continuously inspired by texture and the possibilities that can be created within knitwear.”

Photos by Adomako Aman

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