We knew we were in for something futuristic -- transcendent, even -- at Creatures of the Wind on Thursday afternoon as soon as the runway soundtrack opened with a trippy remix of the classic '80s ode to David Bowie's "Space Oddity," "Major Tom (Coming Home)."
Designers Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters -- the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runners-up -- were inspired by the calm they experienced on a recent trip to Japan, which came through in the kimono-like and voluminous shapes of many of the pieces, but as each look walked down the runway, it was nearly impossible to predict what was coming next. From a floor-length fur coat in a wood grain pattern (and a shiny trench and pants with the same motif) to jacquard pieces adorned with butterfly appliqués to holographic skirts and lurex knits, the range was a little, well, strange.
The color palette moved from classic black, blue and forest green to more '70s-leaning mustard, rust and mushroom gray. The last few looks of the collection were my favorite, as well as something completely different: A refreshing finale of elegant pieces in shades of dusty rose, cream and white.
Perhaps the biggest conversation starters? The furry mink baseball caps, which the models pulled their plaits through. If this is a trend from the future according to Creatures of the Wind, we think we can get behind it.
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