One of my first stops of the week was the Y & KEI presentation in the basement of the main branch of the Manhattan library.
After about several minutes semi lost in the library basement and at least three guards telling me the exit was back from where I came, I came to this room with the Y& Kei presentation. After my journey into the bowls of the library, I wasn’t expecting the magical little setting with the glass dome and the wood sculpture in the center of the room at all…
After the show ended, there were more than a few confused faces in the crowed. I however, loved the collection. In a town like NY, where marketability and the merchandiser are king, it was a salve on my wounded sensibilities to see someone taking risks, being themselves and also taking the whole institution with a wink and a smile. Besides, that the results are sometimes a bit awkward and idiosyncratic seems to be part of the point in the Thom Browne collection.
One of my and Miguel Villalobos‘ favorite models Randy Lebeau (yes that’s really his last name) was in the show. He wore the gray "teddy-bear-rosebush" look. Miguel and I just shot him for the November cover of METAL. He had only been modeling for 2 weeks when we shot with him. His tattoos are baaaaad-ass and beautiful.
Yeohlee showed in the W hotel at Union Square. The show was a mix of contrasts between highly structured/finished garments in very stiff fabrics, and garments that were in light chiffons and organzas made with the minimum finishing possible-often with nothing but tearing and folding.
Yeohlee was recently included in the Skin + Bones exhibition which started at La MOCA and is now headed to The National Art Center, Tokyo.
Yeohlee backstage after the show.
Miguel when backstage before Patrik’s show and snapped a few photos.
I briefly stopped by the presentation of AVION. AVION is a new collection designed by Katherine Tsina. There were a lot of nice structural details that don’t show up in the photos. The shoes from the collection were by Nicolas Kirkwood and were beautiful- a bit victorian with a little fetish.