After launching Imitation of Christ in Los Angeles seven years ago, Tara Subkoff, who splits her time between the West Coast and New York, is back with a new look at a higher price point. The designer was inspired by her visit to Paris in September and October, as well as the Goth Eighties she remembers from her teenage years in Connecticut. "We were kids going out in these crazy New Wave outfits dancing to Joy Division and New Order. These outfits are my sensibility, my personal style," she said, adding that it stung when critics said that she would never wear her own designs. Subkoff has always courted controversy, from her funeral parlor New York debut in 2000 to her outspoken comments about Vogue magazine. "Fashion has gone too far into the oversexed and now it's time for the pendulum to swing back to something more about freedom and individuality," she said. To that end, her 30-piece collection, which will retail from $200 to $2,000, is focused on the whimsy of Thirties Paris and present-day Los Angeles, with shapes ranging from flapper frocks to fairy dresses. The palette is primarily black, with some ballet slipper pink chiffon and dark green and metallic accents. "It reflects a dark complacency, with a little bit of hope, of course," she said. "I always try to find humor no matter how dark something is."
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