Slasher Films and Medical Viruses Inspire Fashion Week Collections

By Patrick Michael Hughes on February 13, 2013 10:21am 

MANHATTAN — From a litany of high-fashion garb inspired by slasher and horror films to a collection sparked by images of medical viruses, a pair of downtown collections put the focus on having fun with your fashion!     

Well known design duo David and Phillipe Blond, famous for their heavily embellished corsets and high wattage costumes worn by the likes off Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez, unveiled a Fall 2013 collection heavily influenced by horror heroines and slasher films from Hitchcock, De Palma, Gorsuch, Landis and Kubrick.

The very nightlife celebrity crowd at the show included, Skater Johnny Weir, Pin-up model Carmen Electra, Club-Kid Kenny Kenny, Patricia Field, Suzanne Bartsch, Patrick McDonald and host of camera ready dressed to impress patrons.

The 10 p.m. collection showing at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District featured 19 looks showcasing what The Blonds do best — entertain, rouse and tease while presenting some very skillfully crafted and witty fashion looks. Street Chic was impressed with the printed fashions of a screaming Janet Leigh from Psycho on a short white cotton dress styled with red fingerless gloves, paired with a knife broach and a knee-length flaming red long hair fur cape.

Another standout graphic was a polyurethane corset and skirt with an iconic photo print of  Jack Nicholson in The Shining paired with a blond knee length fur cape and a very large kitchen knife detail. We also were very taken with the back of a cape with a haunting graphic of Anthony Perkins in Psycho.

The Blonds show is known for its use of male and female models one of the show expected and highly anticipated moments came when Phillipe Blond walked his own catwalk in a totally embellished red jumpsuit a look Street Chic found very akin of the legendary Paris runways of Thierry Mugler.

Street Chic took note of fall 2013 blond hairdo short, volumetric chic and tussled with bangs.

The show was in keeping with the nonchalant spirit on display on the Feb. 6 show by ascending fashion designer Lindsay Degen, a very talented fiber artist, with a skilled eye for interlock, texture, color and print. Her fall 2013 knitwear presentation borrowed from images found on biological slides and medical maladies in a concept entitled "The Doctors Degen."

The fun, youthful and successful 15-look collection was presented in the Industria Studio Space. The party like atmosphere lighted  The models engaged with one another and danced to music. 

Languid long sleeves, wide crew necks and open weaves were all features of the very finished knit pieces with perfect seaming highlighting ribbed cuffs and hems. Degen’s variety of knit textures ranged from three-dimensional cable stitches and walnut size dots on a cropped top and devilish spikes with contrasting green tip on a very short "virus sweater dress."

The collection offered a great deal in way of color — high, green, muted oranges, yellow accents and rich earth tones all seem to meld together and become approachable, comfortable and cozy a necessary sensibility for a successful knitwear collection. The comfort factor was carried through in wonderfully patterned socks; leggings and drop crotch drawstring printed cotton pants and knit pants.

Street Chic was quite taken with how Degen used fiber to echo the colors and patterns of fabric to create a very fashion forward collection. The illusion of dots, slubs, abstract herringbone, lace, check and plaid are all forecasted trends leading into Spring 2014.

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