I've been following Form since they first launched in a loft - four kids who met on a Paris corner and decided, somehow, to make some clothes. Their first few seasons, they didn't really sell. Except for the drippy white t-shirts, which poured down the right bodies like candle wax, the garmets were just so... fast forward. They were stark, and sci-fi, and though beautifully built, a little too into their own galactic universe and a little too removed from ours. That was two years ago, and now Form is down to three kids - designer Jerry Tam, team captain Eric Werner, and VP of musedom Kelly Andrews, whose Balenciaga training coats the clothes like translucent powder. Their "pre-Spring" show was on Friday, and "pre-Spring" is just a fancy word for March, and the whole thing was based on kites. Silver dresses pleated like folded origami. White and gray tunics folding over like deflated balloons. A lot of bubble shapes. Was it beautiful? Immensely. Their best effort yet? Oh yeah. But now there's a new question: Before, Form's clothes were too unique to be comfortable. Now, are they too streamlined to be special, or have they finally found a balance between the world they've created and the one they actually live in? Click through the photos to see the show.
Backstage at Form.
Kite tailed hair.
The silk folded dress, up close.
Contrast hemlines at Form.
M.A.C. silver eyeliner, used as face paint.
Backstage dressing gowns.
The grass runway at the Rockefeller Garden.
Miraculously, no models (nor audience members) toppled into the pool during the presentation.