ON LOCATION: Todd Oldham, Robert Geller, Nicole Miller and Marcia Patmos were amid the heavily student crowd at the Rhode Island School of Design’s first New York Fashion Week show Wednesday night. RISD president Rosanne Somerson and associate professor of apparel design Neil Gilks shared in the post-event revelry at Clarkson Square.
Oldham’s retrospective at the RISD Museum just wound down and will go on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, later this fall. “Once you’re done with something, you’re done,” he said. “The exhibition is about to start traveling so I’ll just be in review mode with that. But I’ve always done lots of stuff for that so it’s not hard for me.”
Having just finished a script for his first film “The Good Samaritan,” that has been green-lighted, shooting will start next summer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other East Coast locations. “It took a long time for me to find the right arrangement and I found it,” Oldham said.
While “it’s too early to talk about the plot,” Oldham would only say, “It’s about the challenges of getting what you want.”
He decided to go with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, a well-known producer of horror films that has also produced “really challenging indies” like “Whiplash” (a 2014 Academy Award nominee). “I’m obviously on the indie side of their company. They were just a real treat to work with. They understood what they were getting into since the beginning and they were just wonderful,” he said. “I wrote it with John Bland, who is not bland in any capacity. I think it will go great — so far, so good. It can’t be harder than a fashion show.”
The designer wasn’t able to get to Adam Selman’s show as he normally does, but he did catch Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. (The retailer carries the Oldam’s designs for Kid Made Modern art supplies and activity kits.) All in all though, Oldham said, “I’m not really in this industry much.”
Next fall he will add children’s apparel to the Kid Made Modern collection for a worldwide launch. “It’s highly custom. I only know how to do clothing one way. It’s all hand-embroidered and completely unique to us. We worked with different artists to develop special patterns,” he said.
Patmos spoke of another production — her role in 97, the new designer collective pop-up shop at 97 Crosby Street. The store carries Daryl K’s Daryl Kerrigan, Tess Giberson, Awaveawake’s Jaclyn Hodes, Erica Tanov, Melissa Joy Manning and Eleven Six’s Catherine Carnevale. While it didn’t have to be women, it just wound up that way organically, Patmos said, “We tried to have things that sit nicely together.” The 400-square-foot space used to be Giberson’s store and will continue as a multidesigner one for the next three months.
Just steps from the Rachel Comey store, the pop-up unit will no doubt pick up some spillover traffic.