On Tuesday, at around 7pm, I made my way over to Sarah Roosevelt Park in Chinatown for threeASFOUR Spring 2011. I pass this park several times a week. But instead of being full of the usual screaming kids, it seemed to have been transformed into the inside of a space-age museum. In the center of a cement lot--a basketball court?--was a spiral-shaped installation, which served as a backdrop to several projections of some very Warhol-esque movies.
After about twenty minutes of waiting around, the models appeared wearing garment bags. The bottoms were cut out, allowing them to walk. They carefully lined up against the installation and waited for their cue to unzip and remove their garment bags. And voila! With the nod of some girl standing next to me, the clothes were visible, the music began, and the show was well on its way.
As usual, threeASFOUR took an avant-garde route. With embellished bodysuits and a plastic-looking textile draped on some of the models, the pieces seemed like something Lady Gaga might wear if she planned on relaxing on her couch all day. There was very little color variation, as almost every piece was either white, black, or gray. However, that doesn't mean the collection lacked variety. The different textures, cuts, and draping seemed to make up for the lack of color.
This show was by far the most interesting I've seen this week.