Tuesday night saw us trollop all the way to Long Island City’s Foundry for an intriguing display of cutting edge fashion, indie spirit and a throwback to retro. There were some real winners and some also can too’s. Paying homage to the Ny indie spirit we came away with a sense of audacity and complicity. Our favorite was by far Feral Childe with its embroidered patterns and stark color schemes and we were certainly impressed by the patina of charm offered to us by Death by Drone, the futuristic Aykaayka, Astrid Land and Le’Cneca.
Redolent of what one comes about in an East London dockyard, the Foundry set a wonderful mood for some appealing fashion and nuanced verve. Standing akin the electric tape barricaded boulevard the entourage stood as model after model wafted one after the other. A collaboration of some of Brooklyn’s and Queens finer indie talents and vivid imagination.
Our favorite Feral Childe struck us as quite brave , exhilarating and effervescent with its choice of bold prints, frock tunics over fitted colored leggings, snakeskin leggings and the softness of its cashmere tops, all in all a tre chic accessible collection that is bound to make heads turn next fall.
Our other favorite for vision went to Aykaayka for their futuristic monolithic stance. With wide bodied collars extending past the collarbone and heavenwards, these asymmetrical cones were a lovely juxtaposition to the sheath tunics. One could of thought they were in Paris watching Steve Mcqueen or Galliano vintage. Sheer aplomb.
Rendering to softer hues, lighter tunics and an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sensibility with flowing capes, billowing printed tunics with playful weaving motifs was Astrid Land. We enjoyed the visage of the classic dress reinterpreted as a dramatic statement , with long black gloves, black lace stockings juxtaposed to a playful kid stirring lust and wonder on the boulevard.
Over all an inspiring and spirited collection, perhaps an eye to a more relaxed fitting will come over time and more cohesion arriving with some of the designer’s grander visions, but we’re betting that the young, boheme, chic and fantastically avante garde will be tempted to break open their bank accounts for some of these numbers.