The Clothes: Original and special, as we’ve come to expect from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners up. This time they looked to the past for inspiration, referencing ’60s couture, among other things. The result was something more sugary and sweet than what we’re used to seeing. There was a quirky take on a prom dress in buttery yellow adorned with little bows, lots of stiff short-sleeved blouses, knee-length pleated skirts, a stunning solid green coat dress, awesome Tabitha Simmons X COTW shoes, gorgeous embroidery.
The Hair & Makeup: Strange. The models looked a tiny bit deranged, with dirty-looking hair filled with hairpins, and bright pink eyeshadow.
The Soundtrack: Covers of romantic, old-timey songs like “Moonriver”
The Vibe: Excitement and anticipation. Trippy ambient music played as guests took their seats for the designers’ first ever runway show. As the lights dimmed, we heard thunder, followed by strobe lights. It all had a dreamy, creepy quality.
The Front Row: Big name editors, like Andre Leon Talley and Hamish Bowles, Marcus and David from Rag & Bone, Linda Fargo
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Elle Fanning
WTF Moment: This isn’t really related to the collection, but a girl next to us was sketching looks as the models walked down the runway. And they were walking pretty fast in zig-zag formations. We were impressed.
What the designer said: “[This collection] was a little more personal for us and what the collection ended up being was a technical exploration rather than a conceptual exploration. [We worked] with whatever we could get our hands on, old 60s couture and reading a lot about that, just thinking a lot about how clothes can be made and used to be made.”
On staging a runway show instead of presentation for the first time: “It needed to be seen in that way. I don’t think it means we couldn’t go back to a presentation. It depends on the collection.”
What the line sheet said: On the top right hand corner was the word “Biollante,” which was apparently a monster from Godzilla, according to Wikipedia.