Lindsey Degen’s witty knits took a markedly “sick” turn for FW 2013…literally. The RISD wunderkind, who’s been making quite a stir for the last year with her cutout tops and cheeky pull-overs, drew inspiration from all-that-ails-us during the cold, winter months. That’s right: It was as though she channeled this year’s take-no-prinsoners flu in order to create the sort of garments you wear to curl up in bed with a wicked fever and the proverbial bowl of chicken noodle soup.
A Nickelodeon-slime sensibility set the palette’s tone, as an infirmary’s array of off-cast greens and ivories dialogued with thermometer reds and blanket grays–think Rugrats-couture. The presentation’s notes read like a bill of the poorest health, but it was all offered with a tongue placed firmly in cheek: “Germy” pants, “Virus” sweater-dresses, and a “Yuck” emblem sweater (sported by Frank Ocean-bestie/model Willy Cartier) were definitely high novelty, but still wearable if you’re one of Degen’s “quirk-chic” type of gals.
Degen’s downtown coterie of neo-club kids will go gaga for this season’s take on her signature platform boots, created in collaboration with Chris Coulthrust: beleive-or-not, she managed to hybrid a Timberland, an LL Bean Duck Boot, and a John Fluevog brothel-creeper, creating a virtual platypus of a shoe…ship a pair each to Azealia, Maluca, Grimes…Oh and send a pair over to Angelica to wear around the nursery too!