Greenwich Designer Reveals Sophisticated Contemporary Classics at a Live Spring Fashion Runway Show

Designer Grace Kang with her models showing her 2016 Spring-Summer Collection. Credit: Karen Sheer

Designer Grace Kang with her models showing her 2016 Spring-Summer Collection. Credit: Karen Sheer

Grace Kang’s new collection delighted her fans at a high- tech runway show at the Olivine Gabbro boutique on Thursday afternoon on Greenwich Avenue.

Her fashions are sold as ready to wear, made-to-measure and a “beautifully bespoke” collection for special occasions. “This is the first time these spring- summer looks have been revealed,” said stylist and associate Grace Wills. “More color than ever in this collection… sophisticated, refined looks – with a pop of color.”

Applause after the runway show for President of Olivine Gabbro, Sue Neumann with her niece, designer Grace Kang. Credit: Karen Sheer

Applause after the runway show for President of Olivine Gabbro, Sue Neumann with her niece, designer Grace Kang. Credit: Karen Sheer

For this show, Olivine Gabbro partnered with Samsung corporate to fuse High Fashion with High Technology. Tablets were available to place orders, and a large screen offered imagery to set the mood before the models strutted the latest styles.

“This show is for my clients, to celebrate who they are,” Grace said. The clean lines of the dresses, shifts, and pant suits were relaxed, with just enough structure to fall beautifully over the body. Many designs had a hard edged belt around the waist, with a ribbon behind in a trailing bow, which complimented the soft looks.

Classic designs include a scalloped pieced maxi dress and a long tunic finished with a hard-edged silver belt. Credit: Karen Sheer

Classic designs include a scalloped pieced maxi dress and a long tunic finished with a hard-edged silver belt. Credit: Karen Sheer

A simply elegant top with gold lurex banding on the sleeves. Credit: Karen Sheer

A simply elegant top with gold lurex banding on the sleeves. Credit: Karen Sheer

Grace discussed the exclusive fabric she used in his collection, “they’re handcrafted, double faced, and all natural fabrics. Blends of wool, silk, cotton, and linen. Imported from Europe, and hand stitched in our workroom right here in Greenwich.”

The new collection shows a pop of color using all natural double faced fabrics. Credit: Karen Sheer

The new collection shows a pop of color using all natural double faced fabrics. Credit: Karen Sheer

Inserts and cut-outs were tastefully pieced on the garments. Some beads were aesthetically fanned out from waist to shoulder, and lurex gold thread worked into the arms of a top, were especially, elegantly becoming.

Models with Gracie Wills, Kate Ridgeway, Yvonne Herrera, Rohee Chae, Grace Kang, Sue Neumann, George Dessauer, and Patrick Chae. Credit: Karen Sheer

Models with Gracie Wills, Kate Ridgeway, Yvonne Herrera, Rohee Chae, Grace Kang, Sue Neumann, George Dessauer, and Patrick Chae. Credit: Karen Sheer

Up close, elegant double faced fabric in a camel tone. Credit: Karen Sheer

Up close, elegant double faced fabric in a camel tone. Credit: Karen Sheer

The four models were luminous, their hair softly curled at the shoulders. Necklaces were minimal, yet finished off the looks tastefully. Lux Bond & Green, a nearby jeweler, (in business since 1898) provided them, and the owners amiably sat watching the show, in support of their neighbor.

Sue Neumann with Icy Franz who wears one of Grace's classic scalloped jackets in a violet-grey tone. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sue Neumann with Icy Franz who wears one of Grace’s classic scalloped jackets in a violet-grey tone. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Young, Giovanna Miller and Izabela O'Brien. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Young, Giovanna Miller and Izabela O’Brien. Credit: Karen Sheer

Heather Silver, Jeanne DeLoe and Christy Sagalyn. Credit: Karen Sheer

Heather Silver, Jeanne DeLoe and Christy Sagalyn. Credit: Karen Sheer

Whitney Carmichael and Susan Lehman, consumer engagement specialist, Samsung. Credit: Karen Sheer

Whitney Carmichael and Susan Lehman, consumer engagement specialist, Samsung. Credit: Karen Sheer

Betsy Evans, Susan Lehman and Sue Neumann. Credit: Karen Sheer

Betsy Evans, Susan Lehman and Sue Neumann. Credit: Karen Sheer

Grace's adorable daughter, Rohee Chae sits awaiting the show. Credit: Karen Sheer

Grace’s adorable daughter, Rohee Chae sits awaiting the show. Credit: Karen Sheer

David Glucksman, Sheryl Green and Vivian Messina from Lux Bond & Green. Credit: Karen Sheer

David Glucksman, Sheryl Green and Vivian Messina from Lux Bond & Green. Credit: Karen Sheer

A refined tunic and pant shown in neutral colors. Credit: Karen Sheer

A refined tunic and pant shown in neutral colors. Credit: Karen Sheer

A pop of coral color with lace inserts. Credit: Karen Sheer

A pop of coral color with lace inserts. Credit: Karen Sheer

Soft shades of blue mixing with white staples from the latest collection. Credit: Karen Sheer

Soft shades of blue mixing with white staples from the latest collection. Credit: Karen Sheer

The shop has just celebrated it’s first year on Greenwich Avenue, (Elm St before for 5 years) and it’s interior is simple, clean and sophisticated, just like the garments they sell.

Olivine Gabbro elevates the talents and hard work of Sue Neumann, president, and her niece, the petite Grace Kang. A successful fashion house can exist and thrive manufacturing locally, producing timeless silhouettes women can wear year after year… with a new pop of color.

A note from Grace. Credit: Karen Sheer

A note from Grace. Credit: Karen Sheer

Olivine Gabbro is located at 243 Greenwich Avenue.


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