New York is not a concrete jungle but a human zoo. Particularly during New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which is an often energy fueled and relentlessly tiring showreel of parties, fashion, liquor and of course, outfits. While progressively selective on my shows, I stuck to friend and comrade Christian Cowan who epitomized the notion of extra once again with maximalism and a high octane dose of drama.
He juxtaposed do leopards with automobiles and fireworks, all symbols of movement and fire. Knowing that he would embrace my signature leopard print, I wore my own version in a Print All Over Me bomber, hair slickly braided with Balmain jeans and Dolce and Gabanna eyewear.
His runway show began with the predatory prints in silk, jumpsuits, dresses with oversized bowties, Lurex-silk blend shimmer and sheer net face masks. He represented fireworks in my favorite color gold (for Dot & Pin), with a suit set, a foiled gold top, a metallic loose fit jumpsuit, and rhinestone accents and accessories aplenty. Purple was his choice of color for cars, like a Jacquard dress woven with car wheels and lights, and by contrast, lime green prints to represent racy race cars with gold imprints, which I was told were handmade. The combination was a tech departure from the nocturnal predators but tied together by sparkle and a focus on straight, evening wear cuts with ballooned sleeves, bows or one overblown element. The sheer theme was also omnipresent as a snakeskin / second skin concept, mostly in black, on blouses, sleeves, face masks, and skin tight dresses and minis. These were accented with rhinestones and crystals, adding an evocative feeling. Almost like being ready for a kinky masquerade or adult opera.