NY Fashion Week: Dragana Ognjenovic
by PJ Gach
EDGE Style Contributor
Monday Feb 6, 2006
This was Dragana’s American debut. She’s been designing since 1992
and has become very successful in Eastern Europe. The Serbian designer’s palette was black on black, with minute touches
of brown, cream and in one mad moment an aubergine satin dress.
All the outfits, whether they were dresses, pants,
or suits were sleek in the body and very body conscious. These are not clothes meant for short women, overweight women or
women with breasts. Many of the outfits featured raw unfinished seams, as were the appliqués and other trims. This was deliberate,
but left the runway littered with thread.
Some of the little black dresses brought to mind a young Audrey Hepburn from
the 50’s, wearing one of Oscar’s interpretations of Bohemian youth. Black outfit followed black outfit, until
you were dying to see any color at all. At one point, a model strode out wearing a u-necked cropped blazer and low rise cropped
pants. From a distance it looked like underneath it all was a peach silk camisole. When the model strode closer, you realized
that it was her skin.
As the show wound down, color arrived. A long black dress had an inverted semi-circle hem where
a beige underskirt peeped through. A few dresses had brown eyelet trim across the bodice. And then there was the aubergine
satin wrap dress done with princess seams.
Dragana does minimalism at its finest; harkening back to Jil Sander and
the early Belgian designers. There’s definitely a market for sleek, severe clothing. But it seemed a bit to icy for
Fuckability Factor: Um, ice princess anyone?
Goodie Bag: A really cool nylon tote that snaps to the size
of wallet. Waterproof too. They reminded me of those cool Longchamp bags that expand when you need more room.
PJ Gach is a Contributing Writer for the Style Section of the EDGE group of publications. She’s
a Manhattanite, a proud dog owner, gal about town and freelance writer. Some of the publications her pieces have appeared
in are The New York Post, Rolling Stone (web & mag), Ingenue Magazine and Drill magazine. In her spare time, she rescues