February 09, 2004 New York
The presentation, in the café attached to St. Bartholomew’s Church, attracted an audiencemany members decked out in Libertine gearthat included Michael Stipe, Jimmy Fallon, Helena Christensen, Patti Hansen, and Monet Mazur. They gave an enthusiastic reception to the label’s quirky reworkings, like tweed pants printed with falling autumn leaves or a fifties beaded sweater embellished with ribbons, brooches, and a screen-printed skull. Kilts, trenches, capes, and dresses were equally transfigured via prints of eyes, dancing bears, bird heads, and even a portrait of Lincoln. At a time when polished prettiness is ruling the runways, Libertine's strikingly individual pieces stand as a kind of fashion-world call to live free or dieand to look good either way.