Full disclosure: Althea Harper is one of our favorite Project Runway alums. Sure, she’s stunning in person and a lot of fun to chat with at a party, but she’s also one hard-working girl who knows fashion better than her appearance on the show let on. We’ve always tried to feature her collections here because we think she’s got a lock on a sort of freewheeling, sexy, urban chic thing that we respond well to, but this is the first time we were able to attend one of her shows. Fashion Week makes it difficult to hit all the PR alum shows going on in New York at the time, but we were firmly committed to making it to this one and we’re so glad we did. It’s a shame the venue was so dark, because the pictures aren’t as clear as they could be. Picking up on the trends of flowy prints and minimalist black-and-whites, this collection ranges from simple body-conscious pieces to more dramatically sexy and wearable prints. Like a lot of – and some of the best – female designers, the clothes look like something Althea herself would wear (and she did, in fact wear one of the pieces for the show). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the customer she’s seeking is clearly similar to herself: a stylish, 20-something girl with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident.
[Photo Credit: altheaharper.com]