Rock ’n’ roll chic is what Paula Thomas does best. She’s built a successful brand doing so, and for fall she moved forward by dividing her collection: What was her core line will now be called Thomas Wylde Los Angeles, while her designer-price-point collection, Thomas Wylde Maison, made its runway debut.
It was inspired by “oil, water and sex, but not in a vulgar way,” Thomas said backstage before her show. She worked in a clean palette of black and white — plus two prints, a gold-and-white oil pattern and a black-based water motif — which she used on dresses, tops and pants. What about the sex? Look closely at the water print and you can see a naked woman.
What Thomas did best was her anything-but-basic outerwear: an asymmetrical curly goat-hair sleeveless coat, a mink bomber and an oversize knit poncho with a chunky gold chain neckline — all paired with stretch leather pants for a sexy, urban vibe. She also dabbled in eveningwear with a lineup of little black dresses enhanced with crystal embroideries, perfect for her edgy clientele.