>> So far at NY Fashion Week, things have been pretty bland among the newcomers.
Brian Reyes, the self-taught designer who has been quite hyped (he got a feature article in the New York Times a week ago or so), had a couple of decent looks -- this Grecian-inspired ivory dress, and this safari-inspired dress, for example. But over all, nothing that hadn't been seen before and will be seen again. Nothing that makes me say "me likey" and "me wantey."
Then there was Ashleigh Verrier, Parsons darling and former intern at Proenza Schouler. Again, nothing that makes my eyes zing out of their rightful homes in admiration. The first look reminds me of a fashion-conscious caped crusader, and the second tuxedo-shirt look I wanted to bring up because I saw similar looks on the United Bamboo runway. Possible trend? We'll have to wait and see. The thing is, tuxedo shirts are already here and now -- just look at the front cover of your September Lucky magazine, if you don't believe me.
Things started to improve a little bit with Project Alabama -- although this is their first runway show, they do have five years of experience under their belts that the previous two don't. When I saw the first look, I think I wet my pants a little -- maybe things were starting to look up. As it turns out, however, the first look happens to be my favorite of the whole show -- nothing else really came close. It's not bad -- the full skirt, petticoat peeking out from underneath, and harlequin-esque print were carried all throughout the show -- it's just that they didn't quite work as well together the second, third, fourth times.
Just when I felt there wasn't hope, came a breath of fresh air. Rodarte -- le sigh. I want to frolic in its gorgeousness. The two sisters who head this collection, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, like Brian Reyes, lack professional design training. I wouldn't have known if I hadn't been told -- the minimalism of the colors and designs is spot-on. The collection is partially inspired by 1960's sculptural forms -- which is no surprise, considering how well-molded the dresses are to the wearer's body. Lots of geometric shapes are involved, but in a tasteful way -- nothing is too overwhelming. In fact, it's a nice taste of sophisticated underwhelming. Beautiful, just beautiful.