The Clothes: Bright happy colors with lots of shocking pink and grass green. Color-blocking, a multi-colored leaf print, and quirky riffs on animal prints–and Picasso-ized animal drawings–gave the whole thing a totally charming feel. The collection was polished yet relaxed. We loved a simple cream and pink crew neck sweater that was paired with poppy red and shocking pink skirt that had a stiff trumpet bottom–it almost looked like a sunhat that was made into a skirt. It worked. The designer told us the fabric came from the same mill that makes Dior’s couture fabrics. The collection was inspired by art collector Frances Lasker Brody–the designers stumbled on a 60s Vogue spread of her and her art collection which included Matisse and Picasso. The clothes are a reflection of her persona and her art collection.
The Hair and Makeup: Glossy with a severe side part and tucked back on one side. Lots and lots of eyelashes for a lovely doe-eyed effect.
The Vibe: Relaxed Saturday night MILK crowd.
The Front Row: MILK-y, with a smattering of smartly dressed British girls swanning around.
WTF Moment: Definitely more of a “Restore Your Faith in Humanity” moment–designer Susanne Ostwald gave me a hug and the hugest smile ever upon meeting me.
What the Designer Said: “I was blown away by Frances Lasker Brody…she once commissioned Matisse to do a mural for her house. She didn’t like his first design, so she went to France to talk to him. No one had ever managed to change his mind, but she did it…we loved that.”