So in the midst of last night's insanity, we ran all the way down to Rachel Antonoff's magical presentation at the Henry Street Playhouse on Pitt & Grand. The theater's stage featured a balance beam, swings, vanities and books for the collection of models - and Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat - to play with during the presentation. Her SS10 collection was inspired, as usual, by ballerinas and their off-duty uniforms which translates to playful girl clothes - black lace dresses, blousy tops with little shorts and even a tutu or too styled by PAPER's Julia Frakes. A charming start to a hectic week.
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Rachel Antonoff Fall 2012: Sweet Sea Dreams and Songs by Alia Shawkat
You can always count on there being a few heartwarming surprises at a Rachel Antonoff presentation--on top of a collection of sweetly wearable clothes, of course. And, needless to say, yesterday's presentation did not disappoint. Let's start with the clothes and then get to Mr. Wendy (the cat supermodel) and the amazing performance by Alia Shawkat. (Yes, I asked her about Arrested Development.) For fall Antonoff diversified her line, with a larger variety of pieces, from two-toned pants to embroidered dresses to a red miniskirt with a change purse sewn in as a pocket. There was a dynamic range of color and print, with easy separates for day, and elegant dress options for night. The starting point for such a mature collection, was actually an activity Rachel did with her mom as a child.