Jill Biden gives unknown designer a chance – and the result is grand opening magic


NOTEW YORK – This has been a banner year for Markarian founder and designer Alexandra O’Neill.

First Lady Jill Biden chose the virtually unknown New York fashion label, which has been around for less than four years, to design and craft her inauguration day outfit – a dress in different shades of blue with a collar adorned with jewelry, a shimmering coat and a matching mask. combo that received rave reviews.

On the heels of this success, O’Neill hosted his very first New York Fashion Week show, choosing the famous Rainbow Room, with a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, to unveil his new collection. , which pays homage to a classic festive way of dressing with a modern twist.

The show evoked the workshop atmosphere of another era, as guests – including New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, former Hillary Clinton advisor Huma Abedin, and actresses Elizabeth Gilles and Madison Bailey – sat at tables facing the dance floor, sipping Tanqueray gin cocktails and wine, as models walked by.

Models posed in paintings at the end of the Markarian fashion show. (Photo courtesy of Markarian)

O’Neill specializes in clothing for special occasions, and she added a little something extra to every look in the 38-piece collection. These included rich brocade fabrics and extra touches such as custom embroidery, oversized bows, puffed sleeves, floral appliques, silk ruffles, contrasting shoulder trims, or tucked-in collars.

The collection also included elaborately hand-beaded boleros with satin skirts, durable silk and mohair knit pieces with embroidered linen, organic printed silks with Swarovski trims, and shimmering brocades with organza ruffles.

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Handbags inspired by classic minaudières have been crafted in silk brocades to match every look. And the jewelry, created in collaboration with Ciner, incorporated vivid florals and classic antique silhouettes for those who really want to stand out on a special occasion.

Jill Biden knows the magic of fashion when she sees it.


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