FIT trained and New York City based designer Mishka Velasco was born at the Panama Canal - the dividing boundary between two worlds. Perhaps it is fitting then that her 2013 New York Fashion Week runway show, titled Harmless Sociopaths, seemed to straddle two worlds with an 'accountant by day, Bacardi by night' type of aesthetic. Fairly modest black dresses and bright pastels that could be worn to work or a daytime social function were met on the runway with BDSM-influenced, latex clad models. The juxtaposition of the two was interesting, and while creative, I don't feel it enhanced the designers core product.
Velasco's look book, available at http://www.mischkavelasco.com/ shows a creative, ready-to-wear collection for women and men. Perhaps I'm too much a traditionalist, but I won't have preferred a more straightforward presentation of what the designer sells to her customers without the Fifty Shades of Grey slant. Mishka Velasco has an urban, eclectic feel to her designs, which should appeal easily to those fashionistas with a downtown vibe.