Amanda Phelan had a coastal storm in mind as she designed her second collection for Phelan, and the result showcased reflective, multidimensional fabrics that mimicked waves, rain and lightning. Staged at the East Village theater La MaMa, where the designer launched her brand in September, the presentation featured another stirring performance by a quintet of dancers from the Vim Vigor Dance Company, with a lineup that proved equally as thoughtful, progressive and daring.
Phelan aimed to juxtapose “synthetic” men’s wear motifs — think mohair coats and trousers in graphic plaid — with organic, hand-drawn elements. Some of the looks dazzled, notably a coat covered in holographic flower petal embellishments and a pullover sweater embellished with hand-cut “waves” made from silver lucite. Other pieces were given a weathered appearance, such as a series of “marled” sweaters featuring split seams, as if caught in a storm. Hand-drawn spiral motifs adorned Phelan’s innovative knitwear — which featured a reprise of the 3-D “bubble” formations seen in her spring offering — as well as a pair of sexy leather halter dresses.