London-to-Los Angeles transplant Julia Clancey revived her runway collection after a six-year hiatus, showing her spring collection on Thursday night at the iconic Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
“I started out doing evening gowns, but I haven’t done a [clothing] collection for a long time,” said Clancey, who has been designing accessories and bespoke dresses from her West Hollywood studio. This month, she’s launching a collection of turbans online. “I’ve always designed around occasions and fun things like music can really inspire, so this collection came from different decades via the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and Old Hollywood.”
The first half of the show focused on glamorous white, silver, Champagne and gold satin and beaded frocks and caftans, but Clancey was also feeling a roller-boogie moment, and the second half of her show featured similar silhouettes in bright metallic hues. The models were accompanied by professional roller-skaters decked out in Clancey’s short shorts and rompers, shimmying to disco tunes on a damp, outdoor runway with nary a wobble.
If the show was 90 minutes late, at least it was lengthy and entertaining enough for the crowd, who clearly gathers at such events for the spectacle of models and music as much as the fashion.
For Clancey, the setting was what inspired her to show again in the first place. “This is one of my favorite buildings, and when I saw the set-up, I went, ‘Wow this is so spectacular I’m going to do a show.’ If it had been anywhere else I wouldn’t have done it.”
She plans to wholesale certain pieces, noting she just received an order for 500 dresses from a retailer she has yet to reveal. “At first, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to do gowns again,” she noted. “But it was a like a drug — I started doing a little bit, and now I want to do some for awards season.”