Surrealism, futurism, exuberance and India — all these things influenced creative director Johnson Hartig as he presented a festive and lively Libertine collection. “It’s about powerful women having fun,” he said backstage. And fun it was. The majority of the lineup focused on beautiful outerwear, because, according to Hartig, “our coats are what sell.” Standout styles came embellished, printed and even patched in quirky motifs.
Other whimsical items included a “Hello Lovely” telephone-motif intarsia sweater, a graphic fur cape and delicately embroidered dresses that were inspired by India. Yes, some prints were a bit cartoonish, but that is part of Libertine’s charm. Hartig also showed a few men’s looks, following the same motif as the woman’s collection, but with a punk flair.