Consider this latest collection from Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters Act II to their spring lineup, which was inspired by girls wanting to dress older. “Now, it’s about the desire to preserve one’s youth,” said Gabier, “and longing for the past.” Thus, the emphasis on deadstock vintage fabrics, whether rich sapphire blue brocades cut into trousers and tops or metallic lamé draped into a cocktail frock with a major bust emphasis. As for the gold motif throughout — including the shimmery fringed flaxen backdrop — that was inspired by alchemical notions. Heady, yes, but it offered a point of contrast to the otherwise darkly tough affair.


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