Fall 2011 collection
“I was thinking of New York,” he says of his debut showing stateside. This collection’s got the city’s urban spirit—Harlem, to be exact, as seen through the Renaissance lens of photographer James Van Der Zee and helped along by South American gauchos and the films of Mexican actress María Félix.
It’s in the forties bias cut of his jacquard silk-satin dresses and swing skirts, Linton tweed cropped pants, and jaunty patchwork appliquéd capes he affectionately terms his “coats of many colors.” But judging by the warm embraces he’s giving advancing strangers and old friends alike during the presentation, that vivacious love for life comes direct from the designer himself. “It’s not about trends,” he says, projecting over the feel-good jazz swirling through the Milk Studios show space. “It’s about a gut feeling. I design for an independent spirit who want clothes that make her feel alluring.”