Photography: Beth Garrabrant
After presenting next-level designs as one half of wunderkind duo, Ammerman Schlosberg, Eric Schlösberg decided to strike out on his own. For his sophomore solo collection, Schlösberg turned to Alice in Wonderland, reinventing the classic fairy tale into its own New York story. Full of punk references and the dirty burlesque of The Slipper Room, where the designer debuted his second collection, Eric Schlösberg FW ’17 was dark yet romantic, sweet but severe, if The Mad Hatter met Lydia Lunch—Schlösberg’s designs are endearing, but very quickly feel like an acid trip gone horribly wrong. Even the most saccharine moments, like a pink velvet bodysuit tutu, exude sinister undertones, and that’s what makes his work so exciting. Just like in Wonderland, in Eric Schlösberg’s world, nothing is quite as it seems.
“My work is about being the character you want to be for the day and telling a story,” said the designer. “This season was about Alice in Wonderland, but my version of the story. Alice is a city girl in the ’80s working hard for the money and somehow falls into the rabbit hole. She’s captured by The Mad Hatter and turned into his sex slave for all eternity.”
Schlösberg mixes fabrics, stripes and leopard to create designs that are over-the-top and self-aware—even the most exaggerated pieces have a sense of humor.
“The Eric Schlösberg woman is fearless, strong and smart,” he explained. “But she’s also super sexy and doesn’t take herself too seriously.”
In the fashion world, that’s a feat. And Schlösberg’s clothes are the real deal. Authenticity is hard to fake and his collection doesn’t have to. Simple silhouettes juxtapose expert tailoring, and even through a mix of clashing fabrics and prints, the designs remain effortlessly subtle. In an industry of bandwagon trends and fleeting buzz brands, Eric Schlösberg delivers an unapologetic vision.
“My role as a fashion designer is to bring fantasy to people,” said Schlösberg, “to let them live their imagination.”
View the Eric Schlösberg FW ’17 collection, above.