The fashionable clientele at SoHo’s Kirna Zabete boutique will soon testify to striking a couturier’s goldmine in the form of Sebastian Pons, the Majorcan-born, long time Alexander McQueen collaborator and former design director at Miguel Adrover. Pons has managed a meticulous collection representing the cultural stimuli of ancient civilizations. Referring to his solo work as an anthropological study, it indeed required the attention and craftsmanship of an entire village to embroider floral vines meandering about the most feminine places on Grecian chiffon, to create the detailing on Romanesque three-quarter lace up jacket and dress combinations that fall snug below the knee, Indian hand-beaded draperies, and Spanish crochet ponchos. Pons himself is a martinet of construction and sewing techniques. Besides the intricate handwork, he also offered cotton printed skirts and dresses with an African touch, quirky plaid jackets, and Capri pants with fringe and roping to spare, complemented by matching accessories. Every piece is individual and holds to a relaxed silhouette. And whether acting as the border of a toga or dotting entire sweaters, a chic and memorable logo customizes a majority of the garments. Pons is taking a step out from the shadows of the backroom atelier to join his friends in the spotlight. Watch this space.
- Josue Diaz III
Photo: Sebastian Pons spring 2004 collection