Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week: Joy Cioci

– By Val Bitici –

Walking into Joy Cioci’s Spring 2013 presentation was like being transported to a sandy, seaside world of lace, silk, pearls, and neoprene. Inspired by glamorous synchronized swimmers of the 1920s and 1930s, Cioci mixed luxurious fabrics with functional ones to create an eclectic collection that undulated back and forth between swank and sporty. Her fabrics were aquatic but not over-the-top or forced–stingray, reef, and water reflection prints were abstracted by their own boldness, while seashell and wave decorations on silky trousers and skirts were delicate and pretty.

However, for Cioci, a New York designer who works out of her Soho studio, the magic lay in the details. Flirty mesh racer stripes broke up reef print neoprene leggings, while macramé lace and crystal pleating added sumptuousness to a cropped organza jacket. Swim cap-inspired toppers as well as long gowns made of intricate lace or adorned with clusters of pearls, were feminine and indulgent, proving that no matter how talented Cioci is at working with neoprene, in her world beauty always dominates over function.
Val Bitici is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.
Photos courtesy of WWD.com

About the Author

Val is a writer and editor born and based in New York City. She started her editorial career at Teen Vogue, then moved on to Vanity Fair and Travel+Leisure. She is currently the head of content at StyleKist, a new social commerce app that allows fashionistas to shop and make commissions from their photo and video feeds. You may follow her @diaryofval