Russell Sage's clothes always have a personal touch to them. Last season, the designer scoured musty flea markets and off-the-beaten-path antique shops for fabrics. This time around, Sage went skydiving in the name of fashion, using his old parachute to create many looks in his collection.
Voluminous, '50s-inspired skirts, translucent jackets with flag inlays and antique-looking prints all conveyed a feeling of dejected chic. A deconstructed upside-down jacket and a sharp, orange-piped pantsuit looked surprisingly wearable, as did a beautiful oriental-print top and several asymmetric skirts. The one truly puzzlingand questionablelook in the collection was a bare-back sheath with the logo for Face magazine spray-painted on the front.
The relationship between clothing and personal history is certainly an intriguing one, and it will be interesting to see how Sage continues to explore this idea.