London took it easy on us yesterday. And we’re grateful, because after New York’s eight-day week and the live fast, die young London fiver, we’re feeling just like that obnoxious Ashish sweater: Très Fatigué. Et bien, three collections for you to wind down on before Milan…
Ashish Gupta’s deconstructed designs were that of a nostalgic highschool nerd fantasy: here’s four-eyes after she ducks out of gym class to make out with [who should it be: the jock, the Dungeon Master, the teacher? I always go for the teacher…] behind the bleachers and stumbles out, all disheveled athletics, her static hair lopsided in a scrunchy. And then again during study break, she’s in the boiler room with Jordan Catalano—my grunge denim, how does it button up again? Whoop, my tit is out! Retro Reeboks. Collars askew. Sequined everything. We liked the story Ashish had to tell.
Two weeks in, two more to go, and we’re already starting to pattern out trends. Roksanda Ilincic’s pierrot collars and ’70s maxi shapes echoed Marc Jacobs for Spring 2013. With Acne and now Roksanda, will we be seeing prairie skirts dragging on the sidewalks by next May? There’s something marvelously creepy about the plasticy grey-nude material of the final prairie dresses.
Simone Rocha gave us the same old young thing we’ve been pleased by the last few seasons but, really, no evolution at all? This is just a spring version—lighter materials, shorter sleeves—of the exact same style—boxy collared tops, lace, big soled brogues—she put out last fall… actually, we kinda really love that idea.