Alessandra Rich knows how to walk the tightrope of clever tackiness that charms without grating. She held steady on that fine line with a fall collection of baby dream queens ready to grow up fast. They wore red and black lace together, micro minidresses in pastel panne velvet and chubby patchwork fake furs, and looked divine doing it.
Rich called the lineup “(Bye-Bye) Kitty” in a wink to the Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty. “For me, it’s Bye-Bye Kitty because I’m growing from an innocent girl to a woman,” said Rich at her presentation at Lapérouse. Like Kitty, Rich’s girl was familiar with the East. A long red lace dress with sheer sleeves and a skirt was hemmed in black lace and trimmed in a long, curve of chinoiserie frogging. Delicate floral fil coupé dresses with gold-embroidered black shirt collars and cuffs had black silk frogging across the chest. To accessorize, the girls wore vintage heart necklaces, bejeweled chain belts and thigh-high Lurex stockings, and carried new evening bags in velvet and python dangling with black tassels.
Rich’s muse might have kissed Kitty good-bye and said hello to the brothel, but she’s the boss, or at least a wealthy, sassy patron. The cheek was kept in check by luxe fabrics and silhouettes with sleeves, high necklines and ankle-length hems. Rich’s show notes put it best, “She is a hot mess, but such a beautiful one.”