Last fall, Erin Wasson, a model turned fashion designer, held her show at the Tents in Bryant Park. We mean it in the best possible way when we say it was a little too glamorous for her. The woman, after all, has told reporters that she thinks homeless people have “the best style.” And her clothes tend to be pieces made for lounging around on a lazy Sunday. Moving this year’s show to ABC Carpet and Home felt like a far better fit.
On Thursday night, audience members kicked back in plush sofas and armchairs and on mounds of $40,000 rugs while sipping champagne. In fact, it was so warm and cozy, we wouldn’t object to more fashion shows here. “Go ahead, stand on the rugs,” an assistant said about the piles of expensive overturned carpets. Really? In our salt-encrusted snow boots? OK!
Spotted in the crowd were Jared Leto, hiding under an oversized ski cap, and rapper-singer Ke$ha, who eagerly posed for a flock of photographers. Yeasayer played as the models walked out from behind a wall of red carpets. Wasson definitely sees herself as a free-spirited bohemian with rocker-chick sensibilities, and the parade of skintight black leather pants, chunky jewelry, and white Mongolian fur coats perfectly reflected that. Though why so many head-to-toe cream-colored pieces? (We counted nine.) Does the Erin Wasson woman live in a dirt-free bubble? Was Andrew W.K. somehow involved?
Over at Rachel Comey, in a bare loft at 531 West 25th Street, the models did laps around the band Hex Message, who played a cool ethereal set to accompany Comey’s fall looks. Or were they for spring? It was hard to tell with so many calf-length pants and shorts and bare legs and sleeveless tops and lightweight silk pants (some were even see-through). However, there were some fun, wintry pieces, including crushed-velvet skirts and dresses, a gothic floor-length black knit dress, and high-waisted blue jeans with a white flower print. But overall, it seemed that Comey was either California dreamin’ or brilliantly preparing us East Coasters for global warming.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 12, 2010