I'd like to think that Chen is feeling things out while exploring her inner Martha Stewart. And there's the common thread! She's taken to crafting before - hand-dyed fabric of SS11 and last year's loose-knit cape (also by made hand) were only the beginning. Yesterday, a parade of models (yes, nearly every one of them) donned pieces (or in some cases, entire looks) knit by Chen's very own ten fingers. The result was a collection with a one-of-a-kind quality - that human-error kind of raw that is somehow so appealing.
Justine Diener and Kristin Poon, the duo behind the brand, raised eyebrows last year by showing garments akin to the trend every girl wishes they actually could bear: daywear lingerie (you know, almost pajamas, but not). For their big debut, the pair showed fall like it was spring. Tree stumps lined the Studio space, with lighting trickery designed to appear like sun shadows cast down from treetops.
You know that horrible, creeping feeling you get when you realize that the clothes of your youth have slowly come back into fashion? At 28 years old, this has finally happened to me as the nineties have come back into vogue. And now, LINE's fall/winter 2011 collection is my teen years incarnate.
The knitwear giant filled its fall line with bohemian grunge trademarks, from chunky multi-colour cableknit maxidresses and pastel silk poet blouses to slate-blue cords and crocheted everything.
The Amanda Lew Kee fall/winter 2011 show featured probably the most egregious use of fabric I have seen in several years of Fashion Week coverage. Kee was one of a few Fashion Collective members to snag a coveted Runway spot, but she might not be ready for the big top just yet. Back to the fabrics. MY GOD, THE FABRICS.
I actually uttered, "Oh, my god!" not once but twice as fluffy lamé giftwrap-style fabric floated down the runway in eye-melting shades of copper, royal blue, and hot pink. Then there was a handful of pieces in a shimmering peacock/black 90s-raver fabric. Then there was the vaguely Asian floral splashed with celadon sequins.
Make it stop.
Now, I admire Kee for attempting something daring. Something wild. But a collection lives and dies by its fabrics, and if they look cheap, if they look gaudy...then you're done for.