3/06/2012

DEGEN NYC power pubes

At the last minute on the first unofficial day of NYFW, I found myself towards the Chelsea Pier, on a bitter cold day, at the DEGEN presentation with the happiest range of characters. Models and showgoers and PR reps were exuberantly happy and all smiles as cheeky knitwear was on display. Have you ever been to a fashion show where people seem happy to be there? It can happen! I have seen it with my own eyes! Fashion, in its usually disingenuous desire to be seen as a Legitimate Creative Venture, treats itself with the seriousness of a tortured artist's k-hole. It was refreshing to see humor and liveliness through the designer's clothes. The knitwear-based collection featured subdued tones with stripes for emphasis and cozy textures that could warm the coldest day. DEGEN's take on politics and gender roles (the collection was apparently inspired by the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell) were given a delightful twist in the form of naughty cut-outs and  undergarments that proudly displayed the very thing they were trying to hide.






SWEATER PASTIES. I MEAN.


Obviously the most important piece of the collection where these redhead knit pube panties, which, ahem, capture the texture so perfectly. 



The dream of the 90s are alive in DEGEN platform sneakers, featuring rhyming cutouts and knit patterns in a way that feel original and modern, and not contrived like certain other way-trendy shoe designers...

I just had to take a photo of this girl (who apparently is a DEGEN intern) because her exemplary outfit and smile kind of encapsulated the presentation. No bullshit, no pretention, just hilarious clothes and fashion as a means to bring people together. I'm into that.

10 comments:

Isabel said...

I think I follow that girl on Tumblr/Twitter? Her handle is "Amy Cakes Danky Dank" LOL.

http://amycakesdankydank.tumblr.com/

meagan said...

@Isabel thanks for the successful identification! her style is amaaaaazing.

Celia Bow said...

Her scarf/dog thing is so cute, maybe I should do that with the hundreds of beanie kids secretly stashed away in the depth of my closet.

Magnet said...

I've seen those shoes on tumblr, they are wonderful. I like that pixelated looking pattern on the platform/heel. I'm not a huge knitwear wearer myself, but some of this stuff is great. I love their playful take. Oh and that girl's style? she looks amazing! I love the pastel pink hair going on with the mint lipstick.

Lydia said...

Interesting. I like the cut-out butt cheeks. The models don't look very smiley though!

meagan said...

@Lydia models typically turn on the ferosh at presentations when a camera is pointed at them regardless of how relaxed the atmosphere is.

meg // morningmidnight.com said...

yep the girl is my friend amy and isabel got it right with her tumblr/twitter ^_^

Ria said...

I kind of loveeeee it. It's so fresh and fun and kind of similar to Krelwear here in Miami but cheekier.

Justalazymorning said...

i really looooove the shoes!

Six Six Sick said...

So incredibly sick. I'm especially obsessed with the shoes. But everything here is great. It's really good to see cool stuff like this coming out of NY!
xx
Tiffany