What can an upstart design duo accomplish with $25,000? We stopped by Tome's fall 2013 presentation at Industria Studios to find out the answer to that question. Little did we know that we'd leave feeling oddly centered, having just stepped for a minute onto the desert plains of the great American Southwest. This zen atmosphere was created in large part with the aforementioned prize money that Tome snagged for its first place finish in the annual Ecco Domani young-designer grant competition.
This season the brand's helming duo of Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin drew inspiration from the both the artistry and essence of American painter, Georgia O'Keeffe. The resultant collection was about the intersection of comfort and stoic confidence. As one entered the presentation space, a tableau of models stood motionlessly, cocooned in sculptural outerwear and raw-cut shearling textures. In keeping with O'Keefe's penchant for driftwood imagery, a sun-worn neutral palette of earthy silts, slates, and birches worked harmoniously with Lobo and Martin's blanket inspired shapes. Belting factored heavily in the majority of the collection's styling, and a trinity of white gowns--two of them "trend-in-training" slip-dresses--offered a daringly monastic evening statement.
Photos: DANIEL MCMAHON