Creatures of the Wind designers Shane Gabier and Chris Peters presented a spring collection yesterday that showed versatility, bravery and a strong sense of color. You don’t get a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination after only two collections without true talent, a requirement to pull off a collection like this.
There was fluorescent pink under teal lace, a boxy v-neck jacket with floral arms and trim, a loose-ish button down with teal lace (with pink peaking out) on the bodice and plaid everywhere else, a silk charmeuse purple crop top and other instances of mixed prints and fluoro overload that showed both imagination and skill.
So, where does one get inspiration for a collection like this? For one, a short film by Kenneth Anger from 1949 called Puce Moment “It’s about reality kind of dissolving,” Shane summated. Also, drugs. “Then we were also looking at psychedelic experience and how that kind of relates to this idea of realities shifting and altering,” he continued. That explains the crazy headpieces (a collaboration with Erickson Beamon) that accessorized a few of the looks. “Those were informed by salvia trips. People always draw, like, eyes and plants and flowers…those are apparently common themes,” said Chris. We didn’t ask if they knew from experience.
There were also more toned down options, like a black sleeveless shift with the subtle outline of a bustier and a white tailored dress made out of silk faille with similar subtle geometric piping and white sequined sleeves. They also did more separates than ever before, presumably in the interest of attracting buyers. “It’s a more diverse range,” Shane told us.
Shane and Chris are based in Chicago and their untainted originality, passion and energy may have a lot to do with not being located in New York–something they have in common with this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, Billy Reid. “We’re having a really good time with it; it’s been really fun,” they said when I congratulated them on their nomination. Part of that fun: walking CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judge Jenna Lyons (and a camera crew) through your collection. “For us, it would permit us to grow in such a larger way,” they said when I asked what they would do with the money if they did win. Whether they do or not, we see growth and success in their future and can’t wait to see what that looks like.
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**Photos: Courtesy of Creatures of the Wind