When I visited Timo Weiland’s studio to interview them for How I’m Making It, they told me of their Spring ’11 collection, “You know how in the ‘90s, the ‘70s came back for a little bit? It’s like that.” I thought that was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard and the end result, presented yesterday at The Box at Lincoln Center, was ten times better than I could have imagined.
First of all, they didn’t entirely play it safe (as many designers have this season). There were bright colors, unusual prints and more quirk than ever, but the shapes were classic and there were a ton of separates that would fit seamlessly into any girl’s wardrobe. We saw berets with pinstriped bell-bottoms, chic button-downs in candy colors, lace with fringe, socks with sandals, color blocking, garden prints, and prints that hinted at camouflage but in a very non-literal way. The standout piece - for both men and women - was this great nautical-inspired rain coat, done in a variety of prints and colors, all in the same classic shape with the perfect length.
Above the models, a short film played (something the designers have done for each of their collections) that featured models dancing on a rooftop in Timo’s colorful wears. Towards the end of the presentation, “Alright” by Supergrass (that really good song from Clueless) came on and it fit perfectly with the whole vibe of the presentation, which was fun, bright and optimistic.
Twelve hours later, the fun continued at Ohm, where we co-hosted Timo Weiland’s official after party. The Samurai sake was delicious, the crowd was beautiful and Timo and Alan, despite exhaustion, looked amazing in their own designs - Timo in a tomato red jacket and Alan in pinstripes. They had a lot to celebrate and we hope they're as proud of themselves as we are of them!