By  on February 10, 2012

Miguel Adrover is sitting in a raw backstage room at the Teatro Latea on New York’s Lower East Side on a mild day in early February. He knows the venue well: He presented his first two collections there over a decade ago, which, almost overnight, made him a fashion wunderkind and curiosity, all rolled into one. It’s also the space he chose for his New York runway return this Saturday, after shuttering his company in 2004, leaving the city for his native Majorca and then resurfacing in 2007 as creative director at German eco-brand Hessnatur, a post he still holds today.

Much has changed for Adrover, 46, in the past few years, but he hasn’t lost the uncensored spirit from his early days when he pushed boundaries with collections that were full of political and social commentary, not to mention making clothes out of a reworked Louis Vuitton handbag and Quentin Crisp’s old mattress, or the time he outraged even the most jaded fashion types when a live sheep — visibly scared of the spotlight — fell off the runway during one of his outré shows.

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