peanut gallery

Truthfully, there wasn't much at this season's New York Fashion Week that I liked. Too many misses (Alexander Wang, really? He's still " a thing"?), not enough hits. The season on the whole was a bit of let down. There were no standouts, no gasp-inducing collections, certainly nothing that had my brain preemptively concocting hare-brained schemes to obtain it (with the notable exception of the LD Tuttle x complexgeometries hoof shoes, see below). It's as if some kind of creativity-zapping virus simultaneously infected most of America's designers all at once.

That being said, there were a couple collections that did stand above the others. I do realize that my opinion would most assuredly be considered the peanut gallery (trust when I say, no one is more acutely aware of that fact than myself), and that I'm hardly qualified to provide any sort of critique about fashion...but I know what I like and what I don't.

The complexgeometries collection was a huge quantum leap forward for the brand known primarily for their easy, oversized draped t-shirts. It's really thrilling to see their progression into fleshed-out complete collections. Most notable was the experimentation with textures: happily pilled knits, suede (god, that suede coat in #4 is killer), silk chiffon, and exciting sheer metallics. The boots, created by LD Tuttle especially for this collection, are undeniably FUCKING INCREDIBLE. Platform shoes that transform the feet into veritable hooves are completely necessary. Is this the year that I work up the balls to wear thigh-high boots? All signs point to yes. Also, I am extremely pleased that complexgeometries decided to use ethnic models for this presentation - that was my biggest complaint last year. In 2011, all-white shows should not be happening.

 To be honest, I've never been much of a Rad Hourani fan. I've always felt a bit of a gnawing sense of dissatisfaction when viewing his collection; a feeling as though it has so much potential to be so much more than it actually is. This collection finally realized that potential, and least partially, and I am spectacularly thrilled with the results. The progression here is largely due to the play in textures and shapes. The leather looks as soft as silk and wraps around the body with ease, while the coats have structure and playful form. I'm especially intrigued by the fanny pack (?) referance with the rectangular fabric across the waist.


Allison said...

I'm not qualifying myself as an expert either, but I think your picks are very good and you have great taste!


rad - i like it, complex - prefer previous seasons.

Taj said...

I looooove complexgoemetries!! I've been a fan everysince the beginning!! and I've always liked rad his whole "1 thing can be 1million other unisex thing" is really cool!
I love ur new header!!<3

The Animal Orchestra said...

I felt underwhelmed by this season's offerings too. The only thing that really made me gasp was the Marchesa collection. The tulle! The lace socks! The Miss Havisham references!

wobblinbetty said...

loving rad hourani new collection a lot!! ...but i've always quite a fan of his creations.. :)

meg // morningmidnight said...

Complex was great, seriously. It was a really well staged presentation too actually -- in a STRIP CLUB. which ended up looking trashy and postapocalyptic in all the right ways.

I think my beef with Rad Hourani is that all of his clothes are really WEARABLE, but it doesn't look so impressive as a collection/show/presentation? Like you're all "oh I would totally wear all those pants and jackets but, uh, so what?"