Amanda Phelan’s first New York Fashion Week presentation was an experimental affair. Staged at the dark, dusty East Village theater La MaMa, it began with a moving performance by a quartet of contemporary dancers from the Vim Vigor dance company. Choreographed by Shannon Gillen, the dancers’ movements were inspired by the jerking rhythms of the machinery used to create Phelan’s highly technical spring collection.
The Brooklyn-based designer explored themes of light, shadow and memory with innovative textiles that had multi-dimensional properties. A royal blue shimmering “liquid metal,” light-reflecting dress opened the show and a long gown used an inlay-stitching technique, creating the appearance of small, 3-D sculptural bubble formations.
If it all sounds overly complicated, well… it is. But the models looked comfortable, confident and smart — and the brand’s inaugural collection should find Phelan a set of like-mindedly progressive clientele.