Two-Face was a great Batman villain because he was torn between the best and worst of humanity. He was a true monster, a being caught between things. Similarly, Loden Dager’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection (now designed solely by Paul Marlow) lives in that in-between space. Contrasting plaids and prints battled on the same pieces of shirting; solid blocks of pastels then dueled with those prints.
Textures, like an immaculate black velvet suit, went head to head against cotton trousers (these featuring buckled straps running up and down the legs—I call them “insanity pants,” because they are reminiscent of straightjackets, but for the legs). All this tension crescendoed to an explosion of colors, patterns and materials, almost too much for one collection to contain. But dressed-down offerings—suits on top of sneakers—left me pining for individual items, like a stellar beige overcoat, and perfect pea.
These simple items are where Loden Dager feels strongest, but, then again, I’m a sucker for a simple story (like the ones you might find in a comic book.) Loden Dager is trying for something more complex, something where the tension is not so easy to unpack. In fact, the complexity of their contrasts extend to their show’s audience: Where else would you find Kellan Lutz and Larry Kramer in the same room?