Talk about trial by fire. The Trovata foursome won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's top prize in November. Today at the Supper Club, having had less than three months to put together a collection (and with only one previous fashion week outing, a tiny menswear presentation at the National Arts Club 12 months ago, under their belts), they had the industry's most powerful players sitting in their front row.
Yes, there was the $200,000 award to work with this time, but money can't buy experience, and despite their newfound celebrity, the boys from Southern California are still pretty green. They tried to make up for it with a charming set complete with fake snow, skis, and taxidermy squirrels, and a trio of live acts that included a band, husband-and-wife yodelers, and a rescue dog. Few can resist a Saint Bernard, but it's the clothes that people come to see. The best of these were a pair of wool toggle coats, one in navy, the other white, and a trench lined in plaid with mismatched buttons. The stylist's contributionspolka-dot silk scarves, stripy tights, bejeweled ballerina slingbacks, and bangleswere quirky and sweet. But they couldn't disguise the fact that the collection was thin in parts. Obviously, these young men have talent. Now it's time to get down to the hard work of fabric selection, construction, and fit.