Strong diepo debut at LGFW almost worth the hype
The diepo girls are modest. I don't need to know them to know that. They don't appear in the society pages or street style blogs. I've seldom seen them at a "fashion party." I hardly even recognized their work on LGFW's closing evening from when they showed last April at Alternative Fashion Week. And bravo to them.
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.
I rolled my eyes so hard at this, but was happy to see something that wasn't dark - or gothic - come out of The Fashion Collective's work. The girls even chose Benjy Ferree's Leaving The Nest (cue that eye roll again) - yes, a real song! - to set the mood. Still happy.
The girls showed everyday separates not meant for the bedroom. Camel-coloured skirts and coats in hunter green, knitted raglan-cut cardigans, with subtle ivory and black rounding out the palette. Generously-cut tank tops, double-breasted sweatshirts and oversized sweaters on very "non-model" girls (I'm almost certain that was their intention - you'll see, keep reading) paired with unremarkable leggings and slip-ons also pleased, but not moved. Where the styling fell flat, the collection made up for in not being, well, gothic-inspired.
Standout pieces were the only ones with the only print in the collection: a black chevron feather on ivory dresses and shirts. The separates made for mixing and matching - and yes, real world wearing - left little to be desired, but I can appreciate the modesty in a 13-look collection. Although it seems the girls have heard of the phrase "too big for her britches," I could have done without the closing (ironically not lucky 13), true-to-their-roots lingerie-inspired dress better left to the Brandon Dwyers of the world.
So, it was toodles to lingerie and hello to real life for Poon and Diener. The girls showed easy and accessible clothing that would appeal to girls who shop at Urban Outfitters and ride past me on their bikes in Trinity Bells. But if anything is priced over $200, I take this entire thing back.
Photos by Dennis Marciniak