Sometimes, if you want something, you've got to ask for it. Moises de la Renta, whose collection of ten embellished t-shirts for Spanish high street store Mango arrives in April, says he approached the brand about a collaboration, not vice versa.
"I discovered Mango a decade ago on my first trip to Spain," explained the 25-year-old designer at yesterday's celebration on the ground floor of the Crosby Hotel. "I've always thought it was super cool, and its fresh, young aesthetic is a perfect fit with MDLR."
Plus, it helped that his friend Leigh Lezark recommended working with the brand. She starred in its Fall 2009 ad campaign.
But back to the topic at hand: At the party, models sauntered around in the tees, which were paired with black and cream knee-length tutus. (Those skirts, by the way, were nearly as covet-able as the oh-so-affordable tops, which will retail between $50 and $70.) "Every girl wants to be a ballerina at some stage in her life," Moises told me.
Of course, the capsule is also a great way to get MDLR--the name of Moises' ready-to-wear collection--on the minds of potential customers.
The designer has no doubt benefited from the support of his famous father, but he really upped his fashion cred when first lady Michelle Obama wore one of his lady-like-but-modern sheaths to a White House function.
Now, it's all about expansion. While Moises says he'd like to remain "slightly under the radar," at least for a while, expect to hear from MDLR during September fashion week. And along with adding e-commerce to his Web site, the designer says he'll soon be introducing jewelry and fur to his stable of offerings.
While we were excited to hear about the goings on at MDLR, we must admit we were just as enthusiastic by the designer's choice of attire. He wears Acne suits, tailored for a slightly shrunken fit. It made us remember how good an MDLR for Mango t-shirt will look with Acne's pleated stretch cotton skirt....