Marina Abramović stopped by Costume National
's pre-fall presentation in New York to peruse the racks for an outfit to wear to an upcoming event during New York fashion week (yes, it's only a few weeks away). The famed performance artist is a longtime fan of the Italian label and darted around the room, mercurially plucking pieces for consideration. Abramović ended up going for a dark teal silk blouse with a modest neckline (it was shown with slim trousers, but she plans on pairing it with a long skirt; "at my age, you need to cover up a few things," she said) and a raw-edged, structured topcoat. Both items aptly illustrated the architectural nature of this collection. The focus here was on strong shapes with a tailored menswear look. There were tuxedo suits in a range of colors (the magenta version was the most popular with retailers), as well as an embellished oxford dickey shirt that was ultra-sexy on its own (as seen in the lookbook) but more feasibly chic worn underneath one of Costume National's fitted jackets. The lineup got a youthful rock 'n' roll edge from blinged-out beaded tunics and metal-toe creeper shoes prime for stomping the streets.