If Courtney Love invited you over for tea, wear something from Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Spring 2014 line.  Trust me.  The show on September 8th confirmed all that the theme of the runway promised, it was a Punk Rock Garden Party for all to behold and it felt fucking badass.

Designer Jackie Fraser-Swan returned to the tents for her fifth show.  This season, Fraser-Swan imagined that “A group of punk rock kids crashed a private garden on the Upper East Side where the Ramones were playing a secret show .”

Fraser-Swan mixes punk elements with the contrast of elegant femininity, the ultimate clash of two worlds.

“I often feel like I am caught in the middle of these two worlds…I work in the fashion industry, I adore Chanel and I am a suburban Mom of four- but I also love getting tattoos and going to punk shows whenever I can! I have been in love with punk/hardcore music since I was 15 years old, and that music has had a major impact on who I am and what I stand for.”


The Spring 2014 collection features three custom designed prints: Garden Gate, Allium Flower Field and Painted Hounds Tooth.

A rad purple laser-cut leather Ivy Leaves group is shown in several silhouettes, including a moto jacket, t-shirt, three-tier skirt, asymmetrical two layer skirt, and dresses. The color palette consists of black, white, purple, fuchsia, sky blue, greens,  and yellows. New featured styles include the “Emerson Punks” hoodie, pant, bomber jacket and skirt. These pieces are unique as anything.

I have to admit though, of all the pieces there stood a distinctive showstopper which was the ‘The Katy full length gown w/custom cut Ivy covering the bust, purple silk chiffon making up the fullness of the skirt and Ivy leaves hand sewn onto the skirt.

The show featured music by The Misshapes, which accompanied the feel of the line perfectly.

So, based on what was seen during the runway show, throw on a dress, accessorise appropriately, and when Courtney Love asks you to pass the sugar, make sure you send the correct powder her way.

More to come.

Christopher Klimovski