The first few looks in R13’s spring show — which designer Chris Leba characterized as “just the appetizer” before the main course — featured red, white and blue jackets, minidresses and leggings that said “F–k Trump” and “God Save America” in gigantic, drippy letters. Models stomped down the runway in platform combat boots as cheerful American patriotic music played overhead. “We’re making a little bit of a political statement,” Leba snickered. (Just a little.)
The rest of the show was predictably punk, riffing on alternative, goth and anime subcultures, the latter of which manifested in a few kitschy school-girl looks. Proportion play was a running theme throughout the lineup, which occasionally skewed costumey in its appropriation of punk and grunge; several styles would’ve felt right at home on St. Marks Place. Grungy band T-shirts were worn oversize as T-shirt dresses and featured blown-up graphics by some of Leba’s favorite bands: Bauhaus, Joy Division and The Misfits. Men’s looks, of which kilts and distressed denim were most notable, were littered throughout the lineup, as were a series of low-cut evening dresses in sheer black tulle.