Christina “Zuzu” Kim presented her collection under the label Zuzu Kim at the Bennett Media Studio on February 16, 2012. Guests mingled and stared in awe at the collection while they sipped SVEDKA cherry martinis. Notable guests included Karen Koeningsberg, Jeannie Ortega and Keino Benjamin. Inspired by classical music composition, Kim’s second ready-to-wear collection – “Romanza” – reflects her background as a concert pianist with several new, strikingly original tuxedo blouses and conductor jackets, which combine stark lines with feminine flourishes of scallops and lace. Employing premium cashmere, chiffon, and lamb’s leather across a vibrant palette of navy, gold, and burgundy, Kim once again finds harmony in an array of seemingly disparate elements. Specifically inspired by the second movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 (which the
designer listened to as she designed many of the pieces), Kim’s "Romanza" combines lyricism and harmony, delicacy and playfulness, with strains of bold turbulent passion.