If Angela and Rayanne of My So-Called Life would have died to wear Charlotte Ronson’s latest collection, then Dionne and Amber from Clueless would have died to wear Gerlan Jeans. The sportswear brand showed another wacky collection at Good Units yesterday afternoon with what felt more like a party than a runway show.
Gerlan Marcel graduated from Central St. Martin’s and interned for Jeremy Scott for about a year. There was a definite similarity between Scott and Gerlan’s own line, but somehow, despite being pretty out there, Gerlan’s pieces have a much more casual, wearable feel. For girls, there were very, very short skirts and dresses, peplums and cut-outs and exposed midriffs. There was also what may have been Gerlan’s interpretation on the turban trend we’ve been seeing this week, in the form of actual towels on many of the girls’ heads. There were also tight buns and Hillary Banks-esque perms. The boys wore multi-colored pastel prints covered with the “Gerlan Jeans” lettering, in the form of tight jeans and letterman jackets and one very buff gentleman walked the runway wearing nothing but shorts and an oversized strand of pearls in lieu of a shirt. M.I.A., who was confirmed to attend but didn’t show, would have been right at home in Gerlan’s designs.
Gerlan Jeans was probably the most fun and least serious show I’ve attended so far (in a good way) and affirmed Gerlan as another young designer to watch.