Happy 40th anniversary!
This season, Adrienne Landau marked the 40th birthday of her namesake label with a fun and vibrant collection. She titled it Landauland, and it was her way of protesting the political climate today. Its message was diversity — most notably the LGBT community, all cultures and religions.
Landau showed several vignettes, one of which was “club kids,” who wore colorful furs, Chinese-inspired brocade jackets with fur trim, faux-leather sweatpants, a voluminous Mongolian coat and a patchwork jumpsuit. Landau also had a “wedding” scene with a black-fur peacoat and a bride in a white-fur bomber sitting on a sculptural horse. “Sunbathers” in furs were surrounded by oversize blow-up bananas, while “working girls” wore their furs over sleazy lingerie; here there were animal-print coats, stoles and a shaggy coat. “Warriors” wore brightly colored statement furs, while “Mayan gods” had painted bodies and headdresses.
But the most entertaining vignette was “mom and children,” which featured transgender performance artist Amanda Lepore in a sequin dress and stole at a playground with a group of kids in Landau’s children’s fur jackets. According to Landau and her artistic director, Saulo Villela, “This was the perfect time to create an ideal world that truly celebrates diversity, freedom and a safe space for all.”