Finding our way to Rachel Antonoff's prom-themed presentation was sort of like snagging a date to the dance--a bit confusing and awkward. Held on the third floor of Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School near Lincoln Center, it required some wandering through the linoleum halls, but once we heard the boppy chords of The Like drifting from the gymnasium, we knew we were in the right place. Antonoff & Co. effectively transported guests to a 50's-era sock hop, complete with pastel balloons, tinsel streamers, and card tables piled high with Hostess treats. Down on the dance floor, adorably spectacled, long-limbed tweens boogied in their bowtied Bass saddle shoes (Antonoff's second collaborative line with the old-school brand), decked out in a mix of geeky-cute cardigans, brocade frocks, and bright plaids. We loved the whimsical white tights, many of which bore cat or lightning-bolt graphics over the knees, and the silk separates splashed with a trombone print. Buttoned-up oxfords, a fun pair of metallic foil shorts, and a cheery red skirt bearing front patch pockets shaped like kitten faces rounded out the preppy mix.
Even after making the rounds and checking out the looks, we couldn't help but linger by the punch bowl to catch the rest of The Like's set--and each member of the girl group, of course, was also wearing a look from the collection. And the photogs in attendance went wild over the photo wall, where couples who literally looked as though they'd been plucked from class were posing for prom portraits. This being a Rachel Antonoff production, we had headed in expecting nothing less than a stellar theme and set design, and the designer certainly delivered--in addition, of course, to showing clothes that made us nostalgic for our grade-school years (quite a feat indeed).