Imitation Fall 2011: Tara Subkoff's Imitation is the Real Deal

Full disclosure: we didn't quite make it into Imitation's show yesterday at MAC & Milk, due, once again, to the venue's crushing methods of crowd control. After ten minutes' worth of polite begging and pleading with the staff, who assured us that the studio's penthouse couldn't fit even one more person without becoming a fire hazard, we gave up hope and chose to wait for photos to pop up online. It looks as though designer Tara Subkoff, who launched Imitation a decade ago as a concept line crafted from vintage and secondhand finds, was in a minimalist mood this season.
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Full disclosure: we didn't quite make it into Imitation's show yesterday at MAC & Milk, due, once again, to the venue's crushing methods of crowd control. After ten minutes' worth of polite begging and pleading with the staff, who assured us that the studio's penthouse couldn't fit even one more person without becoming a fire hazard, we gave up hope and chose to wait for photos to pop up online. It looks as though designer Tara Subkoff, who launched Imitation a decade ago as a concept line crafted from vintage and secondhand finds, was in a minimalist mood this season.
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Full disclosure: we didn't quite make it into Imitation's show yesterday at MAC & Milk, due, once again, to the venue's crushing methods of crowd control. After ten minutes' worth of polite begging and pleading with the staff, who assured us that the studio's penthouse couldn't fit even one more person without becoming a fire hazard, we gave up hope and chose to wait for photos to pop up online.

It looks as though designer Tara Subkoff, who launched Imitation a decade ago as a concept line crafted from vintage and secondhand finds, was in a minimalist mood this season. The color palette of choice ranged from creamy ivory to buttery yellow to ice gray, with a few shocker sequined numbers thrown in for good measure (though we personally felt those disco-ish looks didn't mesh with the rest). We did, however, enjoy the crisp, streamlined trench coats and sleek double-breasted shifts and shells, which would make for ideal workday attire. Also impressive were the teensy pleated culotte-style shorts worn with a silver lamé crop top and a dramatic floor-length cape--an interesting play on proportion and monochromatic tones. And the slinky maxiskirts and curve-hugging jersey frocks were totally sexy but impressively covered-up for a designer so notoriously daring. Paired with the lacy tights that were also sent out, these numbers would, in fact, make for nice lingerie-inspired Valentine's Day attire (fashion folks, need we remind you that today's February 14th?).

We could envision most of these ensembles on Subkoff's BFF Chloë Sevigny, who was seated front-row--the ultimate stylish stamp of approval.

**All photos: IMAXTREE