It certainly doesn't feel as though we're about to begin our slow, inevitable crawl towards Winter, giving the Spring shows a simultaneous aura of timeliness and futurism. The show that captured that imaginative duality best was definitely Degen, where RISD/Central St. Martin's alum Lindsay Degen turned a humble Pier 59 showspace into an alien beach scene. Inspired by 60's psychedelia, global warming, and the idea of melting beaches, styling at Degen included tiny sculpted braids and dreads and surreal make-up contouring in shades of shimmering purple and green, as if lit by an alternate, alien sun. And then there were the clothes: unisex, colorful pieces of swimwear and underwear and tight, brightly colored knits. Everything had a pattern and, while nothing matched in the traditional sense, everything was united by its tendency toward an overall neon noisiness. "My brain hurts," an Instagram user commented on a photo we posted from the presentation. Us too, in the best way possible and we don't ever want it to stop.
September 05, 2014