This Fashion East alumnus staged his debut in a tiny Soho courtyard. Beneath a tinsel-festooned canopy, models of both sexes showcased layered looks and contrasting textures, such as an oversize jeans jacket in opulent gold damask worn atop flared sequined pants. A bustled dress of tulle and black technical nylon recalled an historic ballgown and jeweled purses were slung from the wrists with mountaineering rope.
It was all part of the designer’s post-apocalyptic fantasy. “Like it’s the end of the world and this tribe of people are taking inspiration from old portraits they’ve discovered — using what they have at hand like football tops and found objects,” he explained. Some of the long, robelike dresses could be transformed into tops, rendering them far more wearable.