Who’s Out of the Box this Fashion Week?
Model from Three As Four show/Shot by Susan Kirschbaum
What’s left to say?
At artist and Le Baron owner Andre Saraiva’s opening — a show called “Love Letters” — at the Half Gallery last weekend, a girl clad in black posed for Purple editor Olivier Zahm. She announced. “I’m so ready for next season. Aren’t you?” Oz laughed and tucked in toward her ear, seeming to whisper some affirmation.
Whatever her jaded perspective, since we’ve all seen and done it all, Saraiva’s art work impressed with novelty and nostalgia. He painted authentic mail boxes– bright canary yellow with blue and red detailing– from “la Poste Francaise.” Yes, the actual French mail. Coupled with his illustrative poetry lining the walls — actual love notes, along with blatant colorful ads for his club Le Baron– they evoked a warmth for a time when people traveled (myself included) all over Europe and sent post cards to family, friends, and perhaps, poignantly, that lover you met spontaneously by “couchette” (or overnight cot) on a train. These souvenirs — the notes not only meticulously crafted on cards but also written on bar napkins at places like Les Bains Douches — filled the fabrics of our youths and awakening, whereas now people blog and Twitter and send Facebook thumbs up.
Not sexy. And much less intimate.
Some of the best things are still found in corners tucked away and in moments where people are willing to risk emotion or expression privately, not just for show on a public forum. As for those who did manifest beautiful things outwardly this week, I still scream out support for the friends who continue to create unique outfits in which we can express ourselves: Zac Posen’s best ever sophisticated (possibly) Asian inspired body hugging frocks in electric colors; Proenza Schouler’s cherry blossom dress (let’s nod to health in Japan after last year’s disaster); VPL’s always `hot’ clothes you can move/dance in; Tara Subkoff’s brilliant shirt of the season — constructed with Jake Mueser of Doyle Mueser– a tailored number with a peekaboo shoulder that I now name the “one-armed bandit;” and my personal favorites for their consistent vision to art on the body, Three As Four. (See video, below.)
Moving forward, some inspiration:
Cut yourself out the box you believe society has put you in. Wear some color. Show some skin. Make love in a hidden place. Write a postcard afterward. Send it. And don’t post it on f***ing Facebook.
I DARE YOU.
(**Until March 3rd, you can check out “Love Letters,” Andre Saraiva, at Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street.)