Christian Cota's show was definitely an upgrade from previous seasons, besides the fact that it was an actual runway show instead of his usual presentations. Cota stepped it up a few notches, after being nominated for the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund, (I was in his studio when Vogue came in to film him working on the collection), and his previous Fashion Group International Rising Star of 2009 award.
Cota was inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula, and came up with the idea to juxtapose nature and technology. Although the collection lacked on the technology side, his tailoring was extremely well-done with beautiful draping and flowy silhouettes, that really flattered the model's bodies.
My favorite was the black sheer jumpsuit, which I think is a must have piece in everyone's wardrobe. Cota also excelled in his almost-transparent digital prints, which were breathtaking. They were so great that Aldo decided to do a collaboration, and are making shoes from his collection with his prints. I definitely felt a sort of California-girl vibe from it, but a very elegant California girl.