1. Are you prepared to look like a Clydesdale-dressage-nun-pony next Fall? I wasn’t planning on it either until I saw Alexander Wang. Girls galloped down the runway in wedge mules covered in leg-warmers for hoof effect, and pony (horse?) tails popped out of nunnish balaclava like head coverings. The tough-sexy silhouettes were based on inverted triangles and the strong shoulders and narrow legs – in luxurious satins, pony, felts —were a wonderful wave of clarity and cut over busy-work fashion. The duchess satin long skirt-pants, though they referenced Indian and southeast asian traditional dress, seemed like a bona fide new fashion invention. I hope someone wears them on the red carpet.
2. There were celebrities in the front row (Alison Mosshart from The Kills, A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz) but I could not stop staring at Liberty Ross and trying to fathom what man would be unfaithful and sneaky to such a beauty (whom I have particular fondness for because I once did a story on their LA house and based on the interview she seemed liked an incredibly nurturing and fun mom). What do men want?! I guess variety? I don’t know but just to look at her makes his behavior seem foolish.
3. Was disappointed I couldn’t make it to Libertine because of outfits like look number 49 which seems inspired by the art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus who specialize in psychedelic knit environments. That sweater cloak could really make your (and a lot of people on the street’s) winter.
4. Do you remember being little and fixating on the way ice skaters would wear their beige stockings right over their skates? Hervé Léger showed leggings that came over the top of the shoes and it was totally beguiling, as was the surprise of skin tight bandage dresses going below the knee or flipping out in princess skirt folds.
5. Oversized accessories, like giant wool turbans that looked like sweaters wrapped around confederate hats at Band of Outsiders, and huge mittens as though the models were wearing skunk puppets, at Altuzarra offered a friendly sense of play.
6. Isn’t this a gorgeous dress? The covered arms and the mile long slice, in stealth sexy navy…
7. Alexandre Herchcovitch had the best crinoline/pannier dresses in Victorian drape silk stripes, with layers of top halves that could be worn on or hanging over the skirts, Margiela style. Like candy. He also made the sine qua non cropped pants: high waisted, narrow legged with a rough hem. Noted that I must remember to get them and lose ten pounds. (Shortly forgot about the latter eating yoghurt covered pretzels provided by Wallgreens outside the show at Milk Studios.)
8. Leather dresses, leather turtlenecks, leather leggings. We’re all going to look like we’re in the Matrix any day now. I’m a guilty leather shoe-wearing vegetarian and I don’t want to parade my hypocrisy that loudly; I feel shut out by this trend —even if the dark green leather dress at Lacoste made me swoon. Actually, their whole show, beginning with the huge white cube that unfolded at the top of the runway, was a wonderful futuristic preppie fantasy. The stiff cap sleeved electric orange neo polo shirt would look so good with jeans.
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